John Locke

An important Enlightenment thinker of the 1600's

4 facts about John Locke

1) John was born into a Puritan family in Bristol, England in 1632.

2) His father wanted him to become a minister, but he studied medicine instead.

3) He attended Oxford University.

4) When in 1682 his ideas were seen by the english government as a challenge to the king's authority, he quickly fled to Holland. 7 years later Locke returned.

3 Basic Beliefs of John Locke

1) He believed that the government was formed to protect the right to life, freedom, and property of citizens.

2) Locke also strongly believed that everyone was equal and all people had natural rights from birth as well as the ability to think for themselves.

3) Lastly, John thought that the control of any person against his/her will was unacceptable, this idea also included unfair government and slavery.

What was John Locke's ideal form of government?

Locke preferred a democracy due to his belief of people being born with reason and natural ability to understand, create, and follow rules on their own accord.


"New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common." -John Locke

"All mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions." -John Locke

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