John Locke

Philosopher John Locke

Profession: Philosopher


Biography: Regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and known as the "Father of Classical Liberalism". Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Francis Bacon, he is equally important to social contract theory. His work greatly affected the development of epistemology and political philosophy.

His writings influenced Voltaire and Rousseau, many Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, as well as the American revolutionaries. His contributions to classical republicanism and liberal theory are reflected in the United States Declaration of Independence.

Born: August 29, 1632
Birthplace: Wrington, England
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: October 28, 1704 (aged 72)

Historical Events

  • 1669-07-21 John Locke's Constitution of English colony Carolina is approved
  • 2019-09-03 Unknown text by John Locke “Reasons for tolerateing Papists equally with others” (1667-68), an argument for religious toleration announced discovered at St John’s College, Annapolis

Quotes by John Locke

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

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