John Locke pp 141-141 | Cite as

The Two Treatises

  • J. D. Mabbott
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Locke’s two Treatises of Government1 were first published in 1689 but were only admitted by Locke to be his own work in a codicil to his will. This secrecy resulted in very inadequate revisions for later editions and it was only with the sixth edition in 1764 that a text approximating to Locke’s intentions became available. Mr P. Laslett has traced the complex history of the work and has provided a definitive text, including a collation with earlier editions.


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    P. Laslett (ed.), John Locke: Two Treatises of Government, 1960Google Scholar

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