John Locke — Libertarian Anarchism

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Abstract

This introductory text focuses on the development and core ideas of Locke’s political philosophy and outlines a few relevant, current controversies among Locke scholars. After an introduction to Locke’s writings on tolerance and their development over time, I shift to his theory of justice as presented in Two Treatises of Government. Of particular importance in the latter work are Locke’s defense of a so-called “voluntarist understanding” of political legitimacy and the right to revolution, which centrally involves the claim that political power originally belongs to each individual (the individual’s natural executive right). To justify this claim, Locke provides us with a theory of laws of nature and individual rights, where he emphasizes private property, which is why special priority is given to understanding these aspects of his theory and contemporary developments of them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhilosophy of Justice
EditorsGuttorm Fløistad
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages157-176
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789401791755
ISBN (Print)9789401791748
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Publication series

NameContemporary Philosophy: A New Survey
Volume12

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John Locke
Anarchism
Private Property
Treatise
Theory of Justice
Tolerance
Political Power
Theory of Law
Political Legitimacy
Laws of Nature
Individual Rights
Political philosophy
Government
Revolution

Keywords

  • private property
  • political authority
  • fair share
  • executive power
  • global justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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Varden, H. (2015). John Locke — Libertarian Anarchism. In G. Fløistad (Ed.), Philosophy of Justice (pp. 157-176). (Contemporary Philosophy: A New Survey; Vol. 12). Springer Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9175-5_10

John Locke — Libertarian Anarchism. / Varden, Helga.

Philosophy of Justice. ed. / Guttorm Fløistad. Springer Netherlands, 2015. p. 157-176 (Contemporary Philosophy: A New Survey; Vol. 12).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Varden, H 2015, John Locke — Libertarian Anarchism. in G Fløistad (ed.), Philosophy of Justice. Contemporary Philosophy: A New Survey, vol. 12, Springer Netherlands, pp. 157-176. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9175-5_10
Varden H. John Locke — Libertarian Anarchism. In Fløistad G, editor, Philosophy of Justice. Springer Netherlands. 2015. p. 157-176. (Contemporary Philosophy: A New Survey). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9175-5_10
Varden, Helga. / John Locke — Libertarian Anarchism. Philosophy of Justice. editor / Guttorm Fløistad. Springer Netherlands, 2015. pp. 157-176 (Contemporary Philosophy: A New Survey).
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