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Subject: Re: Week 2 Reading: Locke's The Second Treatise Date: 8/17/2012 8:29 AM
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Here is another excerpt.

Locke: "A state also of equality, wherein all the power and jurisdiction is reciprocal, no one having more than another; there being nothing more evident, than that creatures of the same species and rank, promiscuously born to all the same advantages of nature, and the use of the same faculties, should also be equal one amongst another without subordination or subjection, unless the lord and master of them all should, by any manifest declaration of his will, set one above another, and confer on him, by an evident and clear appointment, an undoubted right to dominion and sovereignty."




"A state also of equality" (it appears the complete opposite is true? There is tremendous inequality in a state of nature),

wherein all the power and jurisdiction is Reciprocal (what does he mean?),

no one having more than another (what about power that is derived from intelligence? From physical strength?);

there being nothing more evident, than that creatures of the same species and rank, promiscuously born to all the same advantages of nature, and the use of the same faculties, should also be equal one amongst another without subordination or subjection, unless the lord and master of them all should, by any manifest declaration of his will, set one above another, and confer on him, by an evident and clear appointment, an undoubted right to dominion and sovereignty

(This section seems to suggest that Locke is talking about equality in a more general sense? He starts with the observation that people are all the same. They come from the same place. Nobody possesses any inherent power over any other. But people are different. Does Locke acknowledge this? For people who believe in divine right, that god gives some power over others, arguing that there is no god (Locke does not do this) or that god favors no one individual (Locke does this) may be persuasive.)
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