John Locke

John Locke (1632 - 1704)

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John Locke was born August 29, 1632 in Wrington, Somersetshire, England, the son of John Locke and Agnes (Keene) Locke. He never married and had no children.

John Locke was an English philosopher and physician and was considered the first of the British Empiricists.[1] Locke is regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and known as the "Father of Classical Liberalism". [2] Locke liked Rene Descartes' method of clearing the slate to find out how people learn, but he believed that all learning comes through the senses instead of reason. Reason is only a way of organizing the information that your senses gather. He advanced the theory of the tabula rasa. He believed all humans are born a blank slate and their experiences shape them into who they become. [3]

Locke did not accept the thinking of his time that human understanding was limited. He believed we could kow with certainty that God exists and the complexities of morality with the same precision we know about mathematics, because we are the creators of moral and political ideas.[4][5]

Locke's belief that all people have the right to life, to own property, and to revolt against unjust governments was the basis of the Declaration of Independence. [6][7]

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  1. Encylopedia of Philosophy
  2. Locke, John. A Letter Concerning Toleration Routledge, New York, 1991. p. 5 (Introduction)
  3. Baird, Forrest E; Kaufmann, Walter (2008), From Plato to Derrida, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, pp. 527–29, ISBN 0-13-158591-6
  4. Jefferson, Thomas. "The Letters: 1743–1826 Bacon, Locke, and Newton"
  5. The Reasonableness of Christianity as Delivered in the Scriptures by John Locke
  6. Locke and Human Rights
  7. Becker, Carl Lotus. The Declaration of Independence: A Study in the History of Political Ideas Harcourt, Brace, 1922. p. 27
  • Vol. 10, Page 269: "Otes, a short distance from High Laver...John Locke spent...the last ten years of his life. His remains were buried on the south side of High Laver Churchyard, under a black marble slab, inclosed with iron rails, and on the exterior wall of the church is his epitaph in Latin."

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On 16 Nov 2008 Crystal McCann wrote:

Major works (published):

(1689) A Letter Concerning Toleration (1690) A Second Letter Concerning Toleration (1692) A Third Letter for Toleration (1689) Two Treatises of Government (1690) An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1693) Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1695) The Reasonableness of Christianity, as Delivered in the Scriptures (1695) A Vindication of the Reasonableness of Christianity

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