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International Social Science Review

2016

Proto-feminism John Locke political thought history feminism absolutism

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“Have We Not An Equal Interest With The Men Of This Nation?” Gender, Equality, And Genesis In John Locke's Political Thought, Daniel Skidmore-Hess, Cathy Skidmore-Hess Sep 2016

“Have We Not An Equal Interest With The Men Of This Nation?” Gender, Equality, And Genesis In John Locke's Political Thought, Daniel Skidmore-Hess, Cathy Skidmore-Hess

International Social Science Review

It is the contention of this paper that a better understanding of Locke’s political theory can be gained by comparative study of his later religious text, The Reasonableness of Christianity alongside his Two Treatises of Civil Government. These texts contain notable parallels and contrasts which we describe in this article. Specifically, Locke’s critique of Robert Filmer’s patriarchalist theory of absolute monarchy both address the implications of the biblical Fall from an original state of human kind in the biblical account of the Garden of Eden. Locke’s account of natural human equality, including gender equality in his ...