Was John Locke ‘Lockean’? Was he a Scholastic?

Many modern-day economists rely on John Locke’s arguments about such topics as property rights and the rule of law. But it’s not clear to John Mueller that Locke held all of the beliefs now described as “Lockean.”

Mueller, Lehrman Institute Fellow in Economics and director of the Economics and Ethics Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, discussed Locke’s ideas — especially in light of a Scholastic view of economics — during a presentation today for the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and the Thomas International Center.

In the video clip below, Mueller contrasts two thinkers who are often paired in philosophical discussions: Locke and Thomas Hobbes.

3 p.m. update: Click play below to watch the full 58:41 event.

You’ll find other John Locke Foundation video presentations here.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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