John Locke

John Locke

John Locke FRS (/ˈlɒk/; 29 August 1632 – 28 October 1704) was an English philosopher and physician, widely regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and commonly known as the "Father of Liberalism".[1][2][3]Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Sir Francis Bacon, he is equally important to social contract theory. His work greatly affected the development of epistemologyand political philosophy. His writings influenced Voltaire and Rousseau, many Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, as well as the American revolutionaries. His contributions to classical republicanismand liberal theory are reflected in the United States Declaration of Independence.

Born29 August 1632
Wrington, Somerset, England

Died28 October 1704 (aged 72)
High Laver, Essex, England


Alma materUniversity of Oxford

Era17th-century philosophy
(Modern philosophy)

RegionWestern Philosophy

SchoolBritish Empiricism, Social Contract, Natural Law

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