Series on the Roots of American Political Thought: Locke’s State of Nature

The video is here. Here filmmaker and writer Christian Murray examines the first part of John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government. It is the second of three videos on Locke’s influence in the formation of the American Republic. This video reviews Locke’s arguments about how the “state of nature” is an appropriate idea for constructing a theory of civil society and its institutions. Here we see how the state of nature is unstable and leads eventually to a state of war. That instability is the basis for our formation of civil society, which is the subject of the third video.

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