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Our Only Star and Compass

Locke and the Struggle for Political Rationality

By (author) Peter C. Myers
Format: Book
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD, United States
Published: 1st Jan 2000
ISBN-10: 0585189986
ISBN-13: 9780585189987
Barcode No: 9780585189987
In Our Only Star and Compass: Locke and the Struggle for Political Rationality, Peter C. Myers reexamines the role of Locke in liberal political philosophy. Myers considers Locke's philosophy in relation both to contemporary liberalism and to the great works of classical and modern political philosophy. With an emphasis on the human capacity for rational self-government, Myers clarifies Locke's insights into the status of reason in political life, arguing that Locke presents reason as a way of life that offers humans fulfillment, and moral and political moderation.

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The best book on the foundations of Locke's moral and political doctrine. . . . This is an important contribution. . . . Forges ahead to recover a very philosophical and prudent Locke, who emerges as still the best philosophical account of the liberal regime. . . . This book enters right into the main arguments about Locke and offers a fresh interpretation.--John Hittinger, United States Air Force Academy An original, perceptive, and demanding contribution to the debate on interpretation that is at the center of recent literature on liberal politics.--John A. Gueguen, Illinois State University "Perspectives on Political Science "