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

    Professor Steven Smith: It’s so nice to see you again on this gorgeous autumn day. And we had a wonderful, wonderful weekend, didn’t we? Yes, we did. Okay, today, I want us to begin… we move ahead. We’re moving ahead. Today we begin with Mr. John Locke. For the next three classes, Mr. Locke. It is hard to believe that a little book like this, in this not terribly distinguished edition, mind you, but nevertheless, in this edition of just over a hundred pages, that a book of this length could have such world shaping effects. If anyone would ever doubt the importance of ideas, political ideas, in history, I…

  • UOG Presidential Lecture Series – Paul Smith
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    UOG Presidential Lecture Series – Paul Smith

    Hafa adai! All right. Good evening. Buenas noches. And I feel like I’m in trouble with seeing all these people from the legal community here and it’s an honor and a privilege to see so many who are amassed here this evening. It’s my honor and privilege to introduce to the University of Guam and the broader Guahan legal community tonight’s presidential lecturer Attorney Paul Smith. He’s currently on the faculty of the Georgetown University School of Law. He brings over 30 years of legal experience, graduated from Amherst College in 1976 and received his law degree from Yale Law School where he served as editor in chief of the…

  • 16. Constitutional Government: Locke’s Second Treatise (7-12)
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    16. Constitutional Government: Locke’s Second Treatise (7-12)

    Professor Steven Smith: Today we want to begin with Mr. Locke, Part II. And I said, at the end of class last time, I want to speak a little bit about Locke and let’s just call it the spirit of capitalism. And then I want to move into the issue of government by consent, along with the idea of natural law, perhaps one of Locke’s clearly central, perhaps most significant contribution to political philosophy, the Doctrine of Consent. And various problems I wanted to examine with you today, associated with consent and what it means to consent to government. But the first five chapters of the Second Treatise, if you…