Essay: A Welfare-Maximizing Defense of the Lockean State

Written by Marcus Teo, Artwork by June Ming In the present work, I provide a defense of the Lockean contractarian view. Specifically, I argue that Locke’s view succeeds in justifying the authority of states as an alternative to the state of nature by maximizing welfare. Even in Locke’s optimistic view of the state of nature, … Continue reading Essay: A Welfare-Maximizing Defense of the Lockean State

Essay: Political Authority – Locke’s Idea of Consent

By Chan Kei Nin In this essay, I will explain the tension between our status as free and equal persons and the claims of states to political authority. I will also discuss Locke’s attempt to justify political authority through the idea of consent. I believe that his account fails to resolve this tension convincingly because … Continue reading Essay: Political Authority – Locke’s Idea of Consent