1) Locke consults reason and revelation for the
origins of private property. How might reason and revelation be
at odds concerning property? And how does Locke reconcile what
reason and revelation tell him?
2) What place does Locke give to the right to self-preservation
in his explanation of property?
3) How for Locke does labor transform common property to private
4) What is property in one's person?
5) What according to Locke are the limits to private property?
6) How does Locke view human nature? Given the importance for
Locke of the acquisition of property, does he think that human
beings are covetous or quarrelsome? Does he suppose that human
beings are naturally good?
7) What are the human virtues or attributes most prized by Locke?
Why are they good?
8) Explain the genesis of money and of cities (states, kingdoms
and political communities) according to Locke, and how scarcity
and poverty, and differences in wealth are introduced.
9) How is it, according to Locke, that a "king of a large
and fruitful territory [in the Americas] feeds, lodges, and is
clad worse than a day laborer in England"?
10) How does money, and hence commerce introduce new desires (wants)
that are not rooted in our natural state?
11) Why, according to Locke, do men consent to the introduction
of inequality of wealth among them?
1) What sort of political society would emerge from
Locke's understanding of nature, human labor and property?
2) What according to Locke is humanity's relation
to nature? To what extent does nature provide for human beings?
To what extent are human beings at home in nature?