An Approach to Political Philosophy: Locke in Contexts by James Tully

By James Tully

An method of Political Philosophy: Locke in Contexts brings jointly Professor Tully's most crucial and leading edge statements on Locke in a scientific remedy of the latter's suggestion that's without delay contextual and demanding. each one essay has been rewritten and accelerated for this quantity, and every seeks to appreciate a subject of Locke's political philosophy via analyzing it in gentle of the complicated contexts of early smooth eu political idea and perform. those ancient reports are then utilized in various how you can achieve severe views at the assumptions underlying present debates in political philosophy and the heritage of political proposal. the subjects taken care of comprise executive, toleration, self-discipline, estate, aboriginal rights, individualism, strength, hard work, self-ownership, neighborhood, development, liberty, participation, and revolution.

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The point of all this is not to level harsh judgments at a man who was both a pathbreaking scholar and an admirable individual, but to illuminate the dangers of political imagery, dangers that we can more readily discern with an image that is no longer our own. From our current vantage point, we can see that the human body metaphor fits poorly with the society it was intended to describe; we can hear the grinding of its conceptual gears. The problem is not that it was a committed description—all descriptions are—but that the commitments that animated it were partially antiquarian and partially clandestine.

Consequently, we can ex- 36 CHAPTER 1 press our moral values more clearly, and implement them more effectively, if we conduct the thought experiment of setting aside the pre-modern concepts that we currently employ, and replace them with more contemporary alternatives. It can thus be said that the purpose of this book is moral as well as descriptive, but, in fact, these two purposes are inextricably connected. From the descriptive point of view, the concepts we have inherited from the sacerdotal state fail to describe our current moral attitudes, just as they fail to describe our government itself.

The Dauphin would live there, together with young nobles who had graduated from specially organized schools and wore gold rings betokening their status. 161 One expects such elaborate, overheated fantasies from socialists like Fourier or Owen, but to find a Catholic conservative proposing rituals as radically new as Robespierre’s Cult of the Supreme Being indicates how fully the defense of tradition had been reconceptualized. There remains the case of the United States, which will be of central concern in this study.

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