John Locke – Philospher of American Liberty
When I was in college, one of my favorite classes was philosophy. One of the philosophers I learned about was John Locke who is one of the most important names in American History. Just a few of the things that he is credited with include establishing the sovereignty of the people over the government, majority rule with minority protection and the rights of conscience. Richard Nixon stated that Locke’s ides of life, liberty and property were the basis of the inalienable rights of man in the Declaration of Independence. Politicians including Ford, Reagan, Clinton and Bush have all spoken of the influence of John Lock on our country today.
John Locke – Philosopher of American Liberty is a historical biography of John Locke that corrects a number of mischaracterizations of him from Deconstructinism and Academic Collectivism. This book presents an uncensored view of his live, his writings and his influence on America. John Locke – Philosopher of American Liberty will take you through his birth in 1632 through is death in 1704. In the Introduction, you will take a look why our founders fought for life, liberty and property and how Locke plays a part. You will also learn how John Lock plays a part in English politics during the reign of William and Marty. The author looks at The American Revolution and how Locke’s Law of Nature and Natural rights is important as well as his influence in the state and national constitution. His influence on The French Revolution and the modern secular state are also examined.
I really appreciate that the back of the book contains The Virginia Declaration of Rights (June 12, 1776), The Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776) and The Declaratin of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (August 26, 1789). John Locke’s influence can be seen in each of these documents. There is also an index to John Locke’s writings included in the back of the book in case you would like to read more about the philosophy of John Locke. If you’re a student of history of philosophy, I really recommend that you add John Locke: Philosopher of American Liberty to your bookshelf. It’s a great resource and is loaded with information!
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