Two Treatises of Government Author:John Locke This is one of the most crucial books of political philosophy ever written. This edition shows Locke?s great work to be a much more radical document than has generally been assumed. The discovery of a manuscript, corrected in the handwriting of Pierre Coste, Locke?s last secretary and amanuensis, places the writing of the Treatises ten years e... more »arlier than had been believed, thereby dating it before the Revolution of 1688. Thus, there is striking evidence that Locke?s attack on the divine right of kings was a cause, rather than a defense, of the Glorious Revolution.
Peter Laslett, Fellow of Trinity College and Lecturer in History at the University of Cambridge, has written a brilliant Introduction that clarifies Locke?s ideas and offers new interpretations that are at odds with more traditional approaches. Here is a new and critical appraisal, based on a startling discovery, of the work that profoundly influenced the view of such important thinkers as Montesquieu, Rousseau, Burke and the framers of the American Constitution.« less