John Locke


By Emily Higgins

Early Life

John Locke was born in 1632 in Wrighton, Somerset. His father was a lawyer and small landowner. Between age 20 and 35, Locke was a student, and then a lecturer at Christ church, oxford. He studied Medicine, Metaphysics, and classics. Associate of Robert Hooke , Robert Boyle, and other Oxford scientists.


John Locke was a philosopher. He was also a pretty influential Philosopher. He wrote about topics, such as political philosophy. Thomas Jefferson himself ranked Locke, and his compatriot, Algernon Sidney, as the most important thinkers on liberty.

Key events

Two treaties of government put for this revolutionary ideals concerning the natural rights of mankind. As a cloud of possible revolt in England popped up, Locke became a target of the government. Locke was forced to leave England after an assassination attempt of King Charles II.

What made him legendary

What made John Locke so legendary was his ideals, which laid the groundwork for basically America's bill of rights. Like in the three Letters Concerning Toleration. In those, Locke suggested respect the freedom of religion except when the belief was a threat to the public order. Sound familiar?
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