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Locke's Education for Liberty presents an analysis of the crucial but often underestimated place of education and the family within Lockean liberalism. Nathan Tarcov shows that Locke's neglected work Some Thoughts Concerning Education compares with Plato's Republic and Rousseau's Emile as a treatise on education embodying a comprehensive vision of moral and social life. Locke believed that the family can be the agency, not the enemy, of individual liberty and equality. Tarcov's superb reevaluation reveals to the modern reader a breadth and unity heretofore unrecognized in Locke's thought.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 150.6 x 227.6 x 15mm | 376.49g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739100858
  • 9780739100851

About Nathan Tarcov

Nathan Tarcov is Professor of Political Science in the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago. He is editor of John Locke's "Some Thoughts Concerning Education" and "On the Conduct of Understanding" (1996) and coeditor of The Legacy of Rousseau (1996) and Meanings of Revolution (forthcoming).show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Natural Freedom and Patriarchal Politics Chapter 4 Authority and Liberty Chapter 5 The Lockean Virtues Chapter 6 The Completion of Education Chapter 7 Conclusion Chapter 8 Notes Chapter 9 Selected Bibliography Chapter 10 Indexshow more

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There is much to admire in Locke's Education for Liberty. Tarcov's command of the relevant literature is impressive, his reading of Locke is both sensitive and sensible, and his views are expressed clearly throughout the book... For an appreciation of the moral and political implications of Locke's writings on education and the family, and of what they reveal about his views on 'the art of governing men in society,' we can ask for no better guide than Nathan Tarcov. American Political Science Review Having read the Thoughts at least dozen times in recent years and taught classes and seminars on it, I must conclude that no analysis comes close to the depth and power of Tarcov's. We have here, I am convinced, the definitive analysis of the Thoughts, and I believe that this book will come to be recognized as such by any serious student of Locke. Review Of Politics In recent years there have been a number of very good works in political philosophy on the family and education. Thoughtfully argued, comprehensive in scope, rich in detail, and far-reaching in implication, Tarcov's book is the best of them. Journal of Politicsshow more

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