Of the State of Nature. John Locke's "Second Treatise of Government" was published in 1690. (New York: Dover Publications, 2002) Nozick, Robert (1974) Anarchy, State and Utopia. 4. www.inquiriesjournal.com/.../6/john-locke...second-treatise-on-government SECOND TREATISE OF GOVERNMENT by JOHN LOCKE Digitized by Dave Gowan (dgowan@tfn.net). In 1689 when Locke was writing, America was still an English colony and had not yet declared independence. The complete unabridged text has been republished several times in edited commentaries. THE SECOND TREATISE OF GOVERNMENT (1689) by John Locke CHAP. John Locke- Second Treatise of Government? Locke frequently employs the Americans as an example of an emerging civil society and government. Locke’s two treatises on government were published in October 1689 with a 1690 date on the title page. While later philosophers have belittled it because Locke based his thinking on archaic notions about a “state of nature,” his bedrock principles endure. §. Extract of sample "John Lockes Natural Rights in The Second Treatise of Government" ... Each man also must exercise his natural right to survival based on the principles of The Second Treatise of Government. II. Much of Locke's teaching depends upon his initial assertion that human beings are by nature free and equal. In 1789, when America’s Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution, they drew heavily from the Second Treatise of Government. Why, for example, do we have to be free to be entitled to property, … Locke's theory of government based on the sovereignty of the people has been extraordinarily influential since its publication in 1690--the concept of the modern liberal-democratic state is rooted in Locke's writings. Locke, John (1689) The Second Treatise of Government. Two Treatises of Government (or Two Treatises of Government: In the Former, The False Principles, and Foundation of Sir Robert Filmer, and His Followers, Are Detected and Overthrown.The Latter Is an Essay Concerning The True Original, Extent, and End of Civil Government) is a work of political philosophy published anonymously in 1689 by John Locke. How do his understandings of the acquisition of property and the establishment and character of the family follow from this doctrine of natural freedom and equality?