How to begin to study the Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina

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1980

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This thesis explores the relationship between John Locke and the Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina. The traditional understanding of the relationship presented by the secondary literature holds that the teaching of the Fundamental Constitutions is dissimilar to Locke's political thought. This thesis attempts to refute that understanding through a comparison of the Fundamental Constitutions and Locke's Two Treatises of Government. It is argued that the Fundamental Constitutions and the Two Treatises are quite similar on three important points: (1) the social compact and the beginning of political society; (2) the role of property in relation to political power; (3) consent and political obligation.

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