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Designed to serve the needs of students confronting Locke’s political thought for the first time, Lee Ward’s edition offers a faithful text of Two Treatises of Government with modernized spelling and punctuation. Its Editor’s Introduction outlines the main arguments of these works, illustrates the conceptual thread uniting the less frequently read First Treatise with the far more famous Second Treatise, and locates Locke’s work amid the turbulent constitutional battles of 1690s England. Helpful notes at the foot of the page, a Thematic Index, and an up-to-date Bibliography are also provided.
"The notes are excellent. There are very few people likely to pick up Locke who would not find them of use. Would that every edition of a classic work had an index of this quality, allowing the reader to go back and find a previous discussion touching on the same issue. The Introduction is clearly written, intelligent, and the argument is sound. I know of no better short introduction to this work."
—Paul A. Rahe, Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in the Western Heritage, Professor of History, Hillsdale College
"Nicely done. Lee Ward has written a very good editor’s introduction that brings to the reader the entire context behind Locke’s treatises. . . . The text itself is well formatted for careful study. . . . Perfect for an introductory course in political theory."
—Ted Vaggalis, Drury University
"This new "student-friendly" edition of Locke's Two Treatises on Government by Lee Ward is perfect for adoption in history of political thought classes. I especially like Ward’s introduction, which sets out the broad outlines of Locke's political philosophy with exceptional conciseness, clarity, and understanding."
—Alan Gibson, Professor of Political Science, California State University, Chico
About the Author:
Lee Ward is Alpha Sigma Nu Distinguished Associate Professor of Politics and International Studies, Campion College at the University of Regina.