John Locke’s Social Contract

This paper discusses John Locke’s concept of the social contract as expressed in his second treatise on civil government entitled, An Essay Concerning the True Original Extent and End of Civil Government.

This paper examines John Locke’s concept of the social contract as he expressed it in his second treatise on civil government entitled, An Essay Concerning the True Original Extent and End of Civil Government.

Political or civil society, as Locke understands it, comes into being through the social contract. He explains in chapter seven of his treatise that there is only political or civil society . . . wherever any number of men, in the state of Nature, enter into society to make one people one body politic under one supreme government: or else when any one joins himself to, and incorporates with any government already made The social contract is that agreement among a people to recognize a government to which all can appeal to the legislature and magistrates thereof, and thus resolve all the controversies and …

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