Locke's Education For Liberty [Book Review]

Review of Metaphysics 43 (3):651-652 (1990)
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The "fundamental human desire for liberty is also primordially a desire for mastery, not only over oneself but also over others". Compound for John Locke the problems that follow from this connection between liberty and mastery of others by adding to it the idea central to Locke's liberal politics, that government has "nothing to do with moral virtues and vices", but only with making men free and secure, and you have the basis for the dilemma addressed in this book. A liberal political doctrine of rights must be accompanied by an account of the art of governing men, one which educates men for liberty.



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