Labor and Politics: Locke and the Economic Discourse

CEDEPLAR Working Paper No. 132

26 Pages Posted: 11 Apr 2001

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Date Written: February 2000


This paper examines the emergence of an economic discourse separated from ethics or political philosophy. It argues that the works of Locke are a decisive moment in this process, for disclosing the existence of a sphere of the economy distinct from the sphere of the politics. Furthermore, the article suggests, contrarily to other conventional interpretations, that Locke doesn't consummate the emancipation of the economic discourse, since he approaches the economic sphere on the basis of moral principles.

Note: Paper available in Portuguese only.

Keywords: Locke, economic discourse, labor

JEL Classification: B11, B31, B40

Suggested Citation

Cerqueira, Hugo Eduardo Araujo da Gama, Labor and Politics: Locke and the Economic Discourse (February 2000). CEDEPLAR Working Paper No. 132, Available at SSRN: or

Hugo Eduardo Araujo da Gama Cerqueira (Contact Author)

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais ( email )

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Faculdade de Ciências Econômicas
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais 31270-901

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