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Locke uses the concept of property in both broad and narrow terms: broadly, it covers a wide range of human interests and aspirations; more particularly, it refers to material goods.

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In his view, it was important to actively oppose atheism in others while maintaining one’s own trust in God. He is the man behind the notion that government acquires consent from the governed and therefore authority is derived from the people and not the government. In his Two Treatises of Government, Locke provided a justification for slavery that could never actually be met, thus rendering all forms of slavery as it actually existed invalid. Since human infants have no conception of God, morals, logic, or mathematical truths, they do not have those thoughts imprinted in their minds.He assisted in his business and political matters, and after Shaftsbury was made chancellor, Locke became his secretary of presentations.

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But in such a state of nature, it is obvious that placing the right to punish in each person’s hands may lead to injustice and violence. Throughout his life he accepted the existence of a creating God and the notion that all humans are God’s servants in virtue of that relationship. His contributions to classical republicanism and liberal theory are reflected in the United States Declaration of Independence. Out of this context emerged Locke’s major work in political philosophy, Two Treatises of Government (1689). If the executive power fails to provide the conditions under which the people can enjoy their rights under natural law, then the people are entitled to remove it, by force if necessary.

The three major writings of John Locke were published in quick succession of each other and ended up being very influential works of philosophy that influenced political, religious and education sectors. John Locke is recognised for inventing associationism, the idea that unfavourable associations might have bad consequences over time. He moved to France, but after Shaftesbury’s fall in 1683 he fled to the Netherlands, where he supported the future William III. In the centuries since his passing, his writings—which cover a variety of subjects from philosophy to economics—have had a significant impact and have continued to influence how we currently perceive the world. Laws must apply equitably to all citizens and not favour particular sectional interests, and there should be a division of legislative, executive, and judicial powers ( see separation of powers).

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