What was John Locke's theory on social contract?


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John Locke believed that social contract occurred when men would transfer some or all of their rights to the government in order to ensure a comfortable living. Locke felt that social contract was part of a man's promise for freedom.

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John Locke lived from 1632-1704 and was considered one of the most influential political philosophers of that era. Locke argued that people had basic rights that had to be supplied to them by the government. These rights included the right to liberty, life and property. He also defended the principle of separation of executive and legislative powers, as well as majority rule.

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