Locke's Second Treatise is a classic of political philosophy. It helped entrench ideas of a social contract, human rights, and consent as guiding principles for modern Western democracy. His Letter calls for religious tolerance and separation of church and state. This edition offers an essential guide to these two foundational works.
Mark Goldie is a member of the editorial board of the Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke, and former editor of the Historical Journal. He has published extensively in the field of British political, religious, and intellectual history, 1650-1800. Among his edited volumes are The Cambridge History of Political Thought, 1450-1700, The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Political Thought, Locke's Political Essays (Cambridge) and Selected Correspondence (Oxford).