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John Locke and America

The Defence of English Colonialism

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John Locke and America by Barbara Arneil
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This book considers the context of the colonial policies of Britain, Locke's contribution to them, and the importance of these ideas in his theory of property. It also reconsiders the debate about John Locke's influence in America, challenging a number of other interpretations. The author breaks new ground in her interpretation of Locke's writings about the Indians and English colonization of America-a subject largely overlooked in the past. The book argues that Locke's theory of property must be understood in connection with the philosopher's political concerns, as part of his endeavour to justify the colonialist policies of Lord Shaftesbury's cabinet, with which he was personally associated. The author maintains that traditional scholarship has failed to do justice to Locke by ignoring the implications of contemporary British imperial policy for the interpretation of his political thought. The book offers a new insight into Locke's theory of property, suggesting a solution to the problem of why Locke himself assigned such importance to property in the state of nature being based on labour while at the same time asserting that property in civil society is based on convention.

Author Biography

Barbara Arneil is an adviser to the Canadian Government
Release date Australia
March 21st, 1996
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Clarendon Press
Pages
240
Dimensions
145x224x19
ISBN-13
9780198279679
Product ID
2396245

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