Was Locke a Liberal?
By Jerome Huyler
This article appeared in the Spring 1997 issue of The Independent Review


For three decades, John Locke has been the object of a tug-of-war between scholars who view him as the father of modern liberalism and those who view him as an exponent of civic republicanism. A closer reading of Locke’s life and thought reveals that he was both, and that the ahistorical liberal-republican debate has obscured rather than illuminated the nature of Locke’s radicalism and influence.

Other Independent Review articles by Jerome Huyler
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