International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Role of Language in the Socio-Political Philosophy of John Locke
Kanu, Ikechukwu Anthony, OSA

Language has always been an attractive area in philosophy and a fascinating topic for philosophers. The history of philosophical thinking about language is almost impossible to separate from the history of logic nor indeed from the whole history of philosophy. Consequently, all major philosophers and schools of philosophy have had some doctrine about the relationship between the mind and language, and language and the world. John Locke is one of the most important figures in the history of political thought. In this piece, the researcher is concerned with the dynamics of language and good governance in Locke’s political thought. This piece further argues that language form the medium that sustain the common bond of society, as they make existential interaction happen. Above all, language provides a medium for the interaction of the governed and those who govern, which is indispensable for any good governance.

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