“John Locke”

Robert Goldwin, "John Locke" in History of Political Philosophy, eds. Leo Strauss and Joseph Cropsey (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987).


The theme of human freedom characterizes those of Locke’s works which are most important for an understanding of his political thought: in A Letter Concerning Toleration (1689), he wrote of religious freedom; in the Two Treatises of Government (1690), of political freedom; and in Some Considerations of the Consequences of the Lowering of Interest and Raising the Value of Money (1691), of economic freedom. Each of these works is an instructive examination of the principle of human freedom, but since this principle receives its fullest and most political statement in the Two Treatises, this chapter will be confined almost entirely to a description and analysis of that work.