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Single Idea 19906

[catalogued under 25. Society / A. State of Nature / 1. A People / b. The natural life]

Full Idea

All commonwealths are in a state of Nature one with another.

Gist of Idea

All countries are in a mutual state of nature


John Locke (Second Treatise of Government [1690], 153)

A Reaction

A striking remark. It is easy to think that the state of nature no longer exists. International law attempts to rectify this, but diplomacy is much more like negotiations in nature than it is like obedience to laws.

Book Reference

Locke,John: 'Two Treatises of Government' [Everyman 1988], p.211