JOHN LOCKE

Bio/Background

John Locke was an English philosopher and physician regarded as one of the most influential of Englightment thinkers and known was the "Father of Classical Liberalism." John Locke was born August 29, 1632 and died October 28, 1704.

Why was John Locke important?

John Locke was one of the most important and influential philosophers ever. Influential philosopher and physician John Locke, whose writings had a significant impact on western philosophy.

The founding Fathers drew heavily upon English philosopher John Locke in establishing America's First principles, most notably the recognition of unalienable rights, the social contract, and limited government. Locke's most profound and influential writings were his first and Second Treatise of Civil Government (1689), written to defend the glorious revolution of 1688, in the Second Treatise, Locke explained that in a state of nature men and women were free to pursue and defend there own interests which resulted in a brutal state of war.