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 Lockes life and thought reveals that he was both, and that the ahistorical liberal-republican debate has obscured rather than illuminated the nature of Lockes radicalism and influence.
|Other Independent Review articles by Jerome Huyler|
|Winter 2018/19||Reader Response: The Road to Crony Capitalism: Locke, Jefferson and American History|
|Summer 1997||The Myth of American Individualism|