Table of Contents


  • Who Was John Locke?
    What Was Locke’s Overall Philosophical Project?
    What is the Structure of The Second Treatise?
    Some Useful Background Information
    Some Common Misconceptions
    How Important and Influential Is The Second Treatise?
    Suggestions for Critical Reflection
    Suggestions for Further Reading

The Second Treatise of Civil Government

  • Preface
    Chapter 1. Of Political Power
    Chapter 2. Of the State of Nature
    Chapter 3. Of the State of War
    Chapter 4. Of Slavery
    Chapter 5. Of Property
    Chapter 6. Of Paternal Power
    Chapter 7. Of Political or Civil Society
    Chapter 8. Of the Beginning of Political Societies
    Chapter 9. Of the Ends of Political Society and Government
    Chapter 10. Of the Forms of a Commonwealth
    Chapter 11. Of the Extent of the Legislative Power
    Chapter 12. Of the Legislative, Executive, and Federative Power of the Commonwealth
    Chapter 13. Of the Subordination of the Powers of the Commonwealth
    Chapter 14. Of Prerogative
    Chapter 15. Of Paternal, Political, and Despotical Power, considered together
    Chapter 16. Of Conquest
    Chapter 17. Of Usurpation
    Chapter 18. Of Tyranny
    Chapter 19. Of the Dissolution of Government

Posted on October 29, 2015