Originally published in 1968. This book presents the synthesis of a coherent view of the Lockeian argument from his various works. This tests the inner consistency of Locke’s political theory against his own examples from history. The layers of Locke’s argumentation are analysed on metaphysics in the first part, his attitude towards historical precedents in the second, and in the third with the nature of the regime which he was ready to endorse. This provides the guidelines for a comprehensive reassessment of the liberal tradition, as well as an evaluation of what is still vital to it.
Table of Contents
1. Introductory Part 1: Metapolitics and Politics 2. Natural Law 3. The Natural and the Political Condition 4. The Extremities of the Political Condition Part 2: Metapolitics and History 5. Property Relations 6. The Original of Property 7. The Foundation of Political Society 8. One-Man Rule in Historical Perspective Part 3: The Acceptable Regime 9. Individual Consent 10. Popular Consent – A Theory of Revolutionary Action 11. Executive and Legislature 12. Authoritarian Representation and Constitutionalism