God, Locke, and Equality: Christian Foundations in Locke's Political Thought

God, Locke, and Equality: Christian Foundations in Locke's Political Thought

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By (author) Jeremy Waldron

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 276 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 224mm x 24mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 27 August 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521890578
  • ISBN 13: 9780521890571
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 493,069

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This is a concise and profound book from one of the world's leading political and legal philosophers about a major theme, equality, and the proposition that humans are all one another's equals. Jeremy Waldron explores the implications of this fundamental tenet for law, politics, society and economy in the company of John Locke, whose work Waldron regards 'as well-worked-out a theory of basic equality as we have in the canon of political philosophy'. Throughout the text, which is based on the Carlyle Lectures given in Oxford in 1999, Jeremy Waldron discusses contemporary approaches to equality and rival interpretations of Locke, and this dual agenda gives the whole an unusual degree of accessibility and intellectual excitement, of interest to philosophers, political theorists, lawyers and theologians around the world.

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Jeremy Waldron is one of the world's leading philosophers of law, whose Seeley Lectures were published by Cambridge as The Dignity of Legislation in 1999.

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'Waldron's scholarly abilities and empathy for his subject are everywhere apparent in this nuanced study ... This book can serve as a model for those who specialize in the discipline of analytical political and legal theory ... Waldron's study of Locke is lucid and well-organized ...'. Donald J. Dietrich, Boston College '... lucid and highly engaging ... complex yet accessible ... Other books have stressed the role of religion in Locke's political thought, but none has demonstrated the enduring philosophical relevance and integrity of Locke's religious views as convincingly as Waldron's. Its bold and intriguing insights urge us to rethink the place of religion within liberalism.' History of Political Thought

Table of contents

Preface; Citations and abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. Adam and Eve; 3. Species and the shape of equality; 4. 'The democratic intellect'; 5. Kings, fathers, voters, subjects and crooks; 6. 'Disproportionate and unequal possession'; 7. 'By our Saviour's interpretation'; 8. Tolerating atheists?; Bibliography; Index.