The Second Treatise is one of the most important political
treatises ever written and one of the most far-reaching in its
influence. In his provocative 15-page introduction to this edition,
the late eminent political theorist C. B. Macpherson examines
Locke's arguments for limited, conditional government, private
property, and right of revolution and suggests reasons for the
appeal of these arguments in Locke's time and since.