Critics’ Reviews

“An excellent edition of Locke’s classic text of political theory. The engaging and accessible introduction draws readers into Locke’s life and work in politics and philosophy, as well as a number of the most important debates that his thought continues to spark. The annotated text offers a great aid to students learning to navigate an older language of politics.” — Torrey Shanks, University at Albany, SUNY

“Locke’s Second Treatise is among the most influential texts in the history of political thought, and essential reading for students of politics. This edition has an accessibly written introduction that sets the context for the work, brings out its historical importance, and directs students to the most salient concepts and issues to be found in it. It also provides thoughtful questions that will usefully guide classroom discussion.” — Richard Vernon, University of Western Ontario

“With the passage of time, Locke’s Second Treatise has become increasingly difficult for students to understand. The distinctive contribution of this edition, both in the introduction and the notes, is to go further in providing students with the tools to really engage with and understand the primary text.” — Alex Tuckness, Iowa State University

Posted on November 2, 2015