Second Treatise of Government Study Guide

Second Treatise of Government

Second Treatise of Government by John Locke

The Second Treatise of Government is the second part of a work of political philosophy by John Locke, coming after the First Treatise, a harsh critique of patriarchalism. The Second Treatise examines the state of nature, arguing that society developed from divisions of private property and that all men have the right to life, liberty and property. With analogies to slavery, Locke argues against absolute monarchies, claiming that any form of government must be founded on a social contract that, if breached, permits the people to revolt.

Second Treatise of Government Book Notes