A preliminary comparison of the political thought of Locke and Filmer

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1979

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Unreasoning fidelity to notions about government, however firmly established, is so contrary to John Locke's rational approach to politics that we believe we do Mr. Locke no dishonor by subjecting his First Treatise of Government to a thorough and rational examination. In his First Treatise, Locke claims to refute the principles of government espoused by Robert Filmer in the book, Patriarcha. In Patriarcha, Filmer argues that men are not born naturally free and at liberty to choose the form of government they prefer. The purpose of our thesis is to demonstrate that Locke does not, in fact, refute the argument that Filmer evinces in Patriarcha. [...]

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