En Route to the US Constitution: Founding Fathers and Lockean Philosophy


  • Tohid Asadi University of Tehran



Palabras clave:

John Locke, US Constitution, Founding Fathers


With numerous shared aspects, philosophy and law are two distinct but closely interrelated disciplines. With that said, the present paper aims to address the impact of Lockean philosophical inclinations on the process of the US Constitution development by means of textual and historical analysis. In so doing, attention is directed towards the influence of Lockean philosophy upon the Founding Fathers, particularly through scrutinizing the writings of the figures playing leading roles in the procedure of drafting the Constitution. Locke’s natural approach to law, and to citizen rights and liberties in particular, is among the most outstanding sphere of influence put upon the examined figures. From adoption of the contract theories for justifying their break from England, to taking a natural approach in their dealing with the rights to life, liberty, and property, the Founding Fathers have been under influence of Locke’s epistemological principles and conceptions.  This study concludes based upon the investigated materials and historical context that the American Founding Fathers have extensively employed Lockean notions at legal philosophy level in drafting the Constitution.

Fecha de envío / Submission Date: 24/04/2015
Fecha de aceptación / Acceptance Date: 17/05/2015

Biografía del autor/a

Tohid Asadi, University of Tehran

Tohid Asadi is an Iranian scholar writing on a broad range of subjects related to North America. His area of interest includes the history of American law and politics. Asadi is currently doing his PhD in North American Studies at Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran.