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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Rationalization or Reason

#rationalizations #johnlocke

Two Treatises of Government

John Locke




"Apocryphal words are always left out; a great argument of our author’s ingenuity, and the goodness of his cause -- able to warp the sacred rule of the word of God, to make it comply with his present occasion; a way of proceeding not unusual to those who embrace not truths because reason and revelation offer them, but espouse tenets and parties for ends deferent from truth." - John Locke, Two Treatises of Government (1689)

Locke is criticizing a book that argues God wants submission to an absolute Monarch. But it's always a tender point in political arguments -- are we dealing with a deduction from first principles or a rationalization? It's probably my main question for modern philosophies of states.