- Express consent and full membership in Locke
- Political Studies
- Volume | Issue number
- 38 | 1
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
Faculty of Law (FdR)
- Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA)
It seems mysterious why Locke required express consent as a condition of full membership of civil society. It is suggested this requirement be interpreted as a political programme. In a draft of a pamphlet of 1690 Locke criticizes the oath of allegiance required after the Glorious Revolution for not demanding the recognition of William and Mary de jure. So perhaps he does not want to exclude the greater part of the natives from citizenship; he wants to establish William's throne on a full and universal recognition of his legitimacy.
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