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By John Locke

Ian Shapiro (ed.)

Two of Locke's such a lot mature and influential political writings and 3 awesome interpretive essays were mixed the following in a single quantity. one of the so much influential writings within the background of Western political suggestion, John Locke's "Two Treatises of Government" and "A Letter referring to Toleration" stay important to political debates greater than 3 centuries when they have been written. the whole texts are followed by way of interpretive essays through 3 sought after Locke students. Ian Shapiro's advent locations Locke's political writings in historic and biographical context. John Dunn explores either the highbrow context within which Locke wrote the "Two Treatises of Government" and "A Letter relating Toleration" and the key interpretive controversies surrounding their which means. Ruth supply bargains a finished dialogue of Locke's perspectives on girls and the relatives, and Shapiro contributes an essay at the democratic components of Locke's political concept. Taken jointly, the texts and essays during this quantity provide insights into the heritage of rules and the iconic impression of Locke's political proposal.

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And if God made all mankind slaves to Adam and his heirs, by giving Adam dominion over ‘‘ every living thing that moveth on the earth,’’ ch. i. 28, as our author would have it ; methinks sir Robert should have carried his monarchical power one step higher, and satisfied the world that princes might eat their subjects too, since God gave as full power to Noah and his heirs, ch. ix. 2, to eat ‘‘ every living thing that moveth,’’ as he did to Adam to have dominion over them ; the Hebrew word in both places being the same.

The sum of all his reasoning amounts to this : God did not give to the sons of Noah the world in common with their father, because it was possible they might enjoy it under or after him. A very good sort of argument against an express text of Scripture : but God must not be believed, though he speaks it himself, when he says he does any thing which will not consist with sir Robert’s hypothesis. § 33. For it is plain, however he would exclude them, that part of this benediction, as he would have it in succession, must needs be meant to the sons, and not to Noah himself at all : ‘‘ Be fruitful and multiple, and replenish the earth,’’ says God in this blessing.

And by this time, I hope it is evident, that he that gave ‘‘ dominion over every living thing that moveth on the earth,’’ gave Adam no monarchical power over those of his own species, which will yet appear more fully in the next thing I am to show. § 29. 2. Whatever God gave by the words of this grant, Gen. i. 28, it was not to Adam in particular, exclusive of all other men : whatever dominion he had thereby, it was not a private dominion, but a dominion in common with the rest of mankind. That this donation was not made in particular to Adam, appears evidently from the words of the text, it being made to more than one ; for it was spoken in the plural number, God blessed them, and said unto them, have dominion.

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