Discourses Concerning Government (LF ed.)

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Written in response to Sir Robert Filmer’s Patriarcha (1680), the Discourses Concerning Government is a classic defense of republicanism and popular government. Sidney rejected Filmer’s theories of royal absolutism and divine right of kings, insisting that title to rule should be based on merit rather than birth; and republics, he thought, were more likely to honor merit than were monarchies.

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Discourses Concerning Government, ed. Thomas G. West (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund 1996).

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