POS 201: Lecture 6-Hobbes & Locke, Liberalism, Natural Rights, Consent

POS 201: Lecture 6-Hobbes & Locke, Liberalism, Natural Rights, Consent

A lecture on the political philosophies of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. This video is part of the online course POS 201-Intro to Political Theory taught in the Political Science Department at the University of Maine.

Locke's Natural Rights

Hobbes and Locke

A summary of the political philosophy of John Locke and Thomas Hobbes, especially as it relates to the American Revolution.

15. Constitutional Government: Locke's Second Treatise (1-5)

Introduction to Political Philosophy (PLSC 114)

John Locke had such a profound influence on Thomas Jefferson that he may be deemed an honorary founding father of the United States. He advocated the natural equality of human beings, their natural rights to life, liberty, and property, and defined legitimate government in terms that Jefferson would later use in the Declaration of Independence. Locke's life and works are discussed, and the lecture shows how he transformed ideas previously formulated by Machiavelli and Hobbes into a more liberal constitutional theory of the state.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Who Is John Locke?
13:11 - Chapter 2. John Locke's Theory of Natural Law
31:27 - Chapter 3. Property, Labor and the Theory of Natural Law

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website:

This course was recorded in Fall 2006.

John Locke and Liberalism

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Locke and Consent Theory

08/24 - Consenting Adults - Locke on CONSENT - HARVARD's Michael Sandel's JUSTICE



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If we all have unalienable rights to life, liberty, and property, how can a government enforce tax laws passed by the representatives of a mere majority? Doesn’t that amount to taking some people’s property without their consent? Locke’s response is that we give our “tacit consent” to obey the tax laws passed by a majority when we choose to live in a society. Therefore, taxation is legitimate and compatible with individual rights, as long as it applies to everyone and does not arbitrarily single anyone out.

Law and Justice - Lock and Classical Liberalism - 18.3 Locke and Property

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Consent Theory: State of Nature

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John Locke and Natural Rights

John Locke and Natural Rights

Michael Sandel - Where Do Our Natural Rights Come From?

In this video, Michael Sandel teaches a lecture at Harvard University on natural rights and the arguments of John Locke.

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Political Thought of Locke

Locke as a liberal political thinker is important of Western Political Thoughts. His ideas, Consent, Rights and Property have played and important role in the evolution of of liberal society and democratic polity. This Lecture discusses all of them in brief.

Learning Objectives: This Lecture would be useful for understanding the evolution of democracy, modern states, and Constitutionalism.

POS 201: Lecture 5-Machiavelli and the Dawn of Political Theory

A lecture on Machiavelli's The Prince. This video is part of the online course POS 201-Intro to Political Theory taught in the Political Science Department at the University of Maine.

Thomas Hobbes and the State of Nature

Devin Stauffer, Associate Professor of Government, University of Texas, talks about English philosopher and author of Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes (March 4, 2015).

Professor Stauffer specializes in classical and early modern political philosophy. Most of his research has focused on classical thought, but his current work also examines the origins of liberalism, the theoretical foundations of modernity, and the divide between ancient and modern political thought. He is the author of Plato's Introduction to the Question of Justice (SUNY, 2001), coauthor and cotranslator of Empire and the Ends of Politics: Plato's Menexenus and Pericles' Funeral Oration (Focus Philosophical Library, 1999), and author of The Unity of Plato's Gorgias: Rhetoric, Justice, and the Philosophic Life (Cambridge, 2006).

The Emory Williams Lecture Series in the Liberal Arts has been made possible by a generous gift from Mr. Emory Williams (Emory College '32 and Trustee Emeritus, Emory University).

Political Obligation Lecture 1 - Classical Social Contract Theory

This lecture outlines the nature of political obligation as a problem in political philosophy and considers the potential of classical social contract theory to solve it. Philosophers discussed include Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jaques Rousseau, Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft and David Hume.

Consent Theory Pt 2

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POS 201: Lecture 3-The Meaning of Justice, The Division of the Soul & Society

A lecture examining Books I-IV of Plato's Republic. This video is part of the online course POS 201-Intro to Political Theory taught in the Political Science Department at the University of Maine.

Hobbes and Locke

Natural Law- Hobbes & Locke

Natural Law, Hobbes, Locke, social contract, natural rights

Natural Rights

Pastor Wagner preaches on Natural Rights, what they are, what they are not, where they come from, and how they can be revoked.

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