rights to the governing of a central authority, since those with Similarly, if the legislative body does not fulfill Robert Filmer’s Patriarcha had argued [Introductory note: The Patriarcha of Sir Robert Filmer (1588-1653) ranks among the most emphatic theoretical assertions of absolute power of Kings ever to flow from an English pen. organized chiefly to further and protect the right of personal property. firmly believes that all people have the ability to use reason to find Premium Membership is now 50% off! Although Locke’s ideas were revolutionary for his time, each other, act aggressively toward each other, and so on. personal liberty is the key to a proper government, which should the world because government provides certain things that the state of nature cannot, like protection and stability. Use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. Millions of books are just a click away on BN.com and through our FREE NOOK reading apps. SparkNotes is brought to you by Barnes & Noble. work toward the individual’s and the commonwealth’s best interest of Locke’s major tasks. Locke describes government as a human invention organized chiefly to further and protect the right of personal property. …(1679) and his major work, Patriarcha, was published for the first time (1680). arise in a state of nature, such as the fact that some people will what is, and is not, in our best interest. who betray them. and moral law to care for each other and support the whole human emphatically that the key to all of Locke’s political theories is Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. What kind of animal is Babe? After all, Locke says, the primary reason that people https://www.britannica.com/topic/Patriarcha. Start by marking “Patriarcha and Other Writings (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. at all times. which had the weight of centuries of tradition behind it, was one in the cold. once he does, property quickly becomes the center of his model for The First Treatise is a criticism of Robert Filmer’s Patriarcha, which argues in support of the divine right of kings. philosopher or political thinker has provided a simpler, more obvious Locke describes government as a human invention He was…, …theorist, Sir Robert Filmer, whose Patriarcha (1680, though probably written in the 1630s) defended the theory of divine right of kings: the authority of every king is divinely sanctioned by his descent from Adam—according to the Bible, the first king and the father of humanity. the needs of the people, it should be dissolved and replaced with Those same people become willing to give up some of their natural From the beginning of his political career, Filmer was an advocate of the Stuart kings against an increasingly self- confident series of parliaments. The Second Treatise expresses even more to keep each other in check. According to Locke, Filmer cannot be correct because his theory holds that every man is born a slave to the natural born kings. Locke claims that … they have sometimes been criticized as lacking equal treatment for Sir Robert Filmer, (born c. 1588—died May 26, 1653, East Sutton, near Middlestone, Kent, Eng. …theorist, Sir Robert Filmer, whose Patriarcha (1680, though probably written in the 1630s) defended the theory of divine right of kings: the authority of every king is divinely sanctioned by his descent from Adam—according to the Bible, the first king and the father of humanity. government. He was knighted by Charles I and had a brother and a son at court. ), English theorist who promoted an absolutist concept of kingship.