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A GENDERED ANALYSIS OF THE HISTORICAL LOCKE: RETHINKING LOCKE’S SECOND TREATISE ON GOVERNMENT

by Hulvat, Jason Francis

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Not having a strong sense of the context leaves our interpretations of past people, events and documents likely to be based on contemporary understandings that may contradict the historical reality. Despite a large body of Locke scholarship, previous gender-based studies have overlooked the importance of historical context in interpreting Locke’s writing. This thesis, while critiquing the works of Melissa Butler and others, examines the Second Treatise on Government within the framework of Locke’s social, historical, and biographical context, addressing an important gap in existing scholarship. Through a close textual analysis of Locke’s Second Treatise and an examination of the historical Locke, this thesis demonstrates that Locke’s use of the terms “man” and “men” are specifically sexed and do not include both sexes, as some have claimed. In doing so this challenges the notion that Locke is an early root of feminism and further highlights the problems of the false universal.
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School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:john locke second treatise on government false universal

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Date of Publication:01/01/2003

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