Sarah asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

What was John Locke's contribution to the government?

Any other contributions/accomplishments would be nice, thanks!

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Also, what his Essay Concerning Human Human Understanding contributed.

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  • Koi
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    1 decade ago
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    http://www.sparknotes.com/history/american/declara...

    The introduction relies heavily on the philosophical and political ideas of the Enlightenment period of 18th century Europe, including the ideas of Thomas Hobbes, Jean Jacques Rousseau, and, most particularly, John Locke. Locke believed that humans, by nature, had the right to protection of life, health, liberty and possessions. Jefferson altered this slightly when he claims the unalienable rights include "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Locke also strongly opposed the divine right of kings--which held that kings held absolute power because they were placed on their throne by God--and insisted that the people had the right to consent to their government and that the power of law making resides with the people. Jefferson included this theory when he writes "to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." Jefferson's declaration helped to put Locke's philosophies into the realm of real-world politics.

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    John Locke, Second Treatise of Government (1690) PDF | Print |

    A brief overview of the reading: In his Second Treatise of Government, John Locke (1632-1704) argues that legitimate government is a limited government based on consent, in which the majority rules but may not violate people's fundamental rights. At first glance, Locke's theory may seem familiar, but it also conceals some puzzling questions. On Locke's view, a legitimate government may not violate our natural right to life, liberty, and property. But Locke allows that government may legitimately take our property through taxation and require citizens to sacrifice their lives in war. If government may do these things, then what counts as a law that violates our rights?

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  • 3 years ago

    John Locke Contributions

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  • Norma
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    4 years ago

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    Short answer, John Locke's writings, particularly his Second Treatise, were very influential on the American colonists seeking independence from the British. The Declaration of Independence has several passages clearly based on Locke's writings, like his "life, liberty and the pursuit of property". Locke was writing at the time of the Glorious Revolution of 1688, when the British threw out King James and replaced him with William of Orange and Queen Mary. Locke justified this by saying the people had the ultimate power, not the government, and they could replace their leaders when it was justified.

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    5 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    john locke was a philosiphor, his most important contribution was the phrase "for life, liberty, and property" which Thomas Jefferson changed to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the declaration of independence.

    many consider him a founder of liberalism.

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  • 6 years ago

    what did jonh locke think about seperation of power

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    he was an idiot who believed in the ignorant people. People need someone to govern them because we are too stupid to do it.

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