John Locke and America: The Defence of English Colonialism

Hardcover | November 1, 1994

byBarbara Arneil

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This book considers the context of the colonial policies of Britain, Locke's contribution to them, and the importance of these ideas in his theory of property. It also reconsiders the debate about John Locke's influence in America, challenging a number of other interpretations. The author breaks new ground in her interpretation of Locke's writings about the Indians and English colonization of America--a subject largely overlooked in the past. The book argues that Locke's theory of property must be understood in connection with the philosopher's political concerns, as part of his endeavour to justify the colonialist policies of Lord Shaftesbury's cabinet, with which he was personally associated. The author maintains that traditionalscholarship has failed to do justice to Locke by ignoring the implications of contemporary British imperial policy for the interpretation of his political thought. The book offers a new insight into Locke's theory of property, suggesting a solution to the problem of why Locke himself assigned such importance to property in the state of nature being based on labour while at the same time asserting that property in civil society is based on convention.

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This book considers the context of the colonial policies of Britain, Locke's contribution to them, and the importance of these ideas to his theory of property. It also reconsiders the debate about John Locke's influence in America, challenging a number of other interpretations. The author breaks new ground in her interpretation of Lock...

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This book considers the context of the colonial policies of Britain, Locke's contribution to them, and the importance of these ideas in his theory of property. It also reconsiders the debate about John Locke's influence in America, challenging a number of other interpretations. The author breaks new ground in her interpretation of Lo...

Barbara Arneil is an adviser to the Canadian Government

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:November 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198279671

ISBN - 13:9780198279679

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This book considers the context of the colonial policies of Britain, Locke's contribution to them, and the importance of these ideas to his theory of property. It also reconsiders the debate about John Locke's influence in America, challenging a number of other interpretations. The author breaks new ground in her interpretation of Locke's writings about the Indians and English colonization of America - a subject largely overlooked in the past. The book argues that Locke's theory of property must be understood in connection with the philosopher's political concerns, as part of his endeavour to justify the colonialist policies of Lord Shaftesbury's cabinet, with which he was personally associated. The author maintains that traditional scholarship has failed to do justice to Locke by ignoring the implications of contemporary British imperial policy for the interpretation of his political thought. The book offers a new insight into Locke's theory of property, suggesting a solution to the problem of why Locke himself assigned such importance to property in the state of

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`Provides a valuable new historical perspective on Locke's political philosophy, particularly his theory of property ... Far too much political theory is done as if the classic texts had sprung fully formed from some timeless and transcendental mind and could be read without reference to timeand place. Arneil's book is a better model of how history and political philosophy can and should work together.'Canadian Journal of Political Science