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Essays on the Law of Nature: The Latin Text with a Translation, Introduction & Notes, Together with Transcripts of Locke's Shorthand in his Journal for 1676

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Written before his better-known philosophical works, these essays fully explain how natural law is known and to what extent it is binding.
paper, 304 pages
Published December 5th 2002 by Clarendon Press (first published 1676)
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Aaron Crofut
This is a decent reading of natural law, but it is hardly convincing to anyone who does not have a prior belief in some omnipotent God to make such a law. It is taken as a given that God exists and creates a system of rules for us; the question after that is merely whether we must obey it or not. If that assumption is not granted, however, it all falls apart. The 8th essay was a bit disappointing; self interest does not put an obligation on us to aggrandize our physical wealth. Cooperation leads ...more
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if you can get past the horrid introduction and on to Locke's writings, it's a gem.
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John Locke was an English philosopher. Locke is considered the first of the British Empiricists, but is equally important to social contract theory. His ideas had enormous influence on the development of epistemology and political philosophy, and he is widely regarded as one of the most influential Enlightenmen
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