After studying philosophy, medicine, law, and mathematics and graduating with multiple degrees. Locke becomes very important. He is now a professor at Oxford College.
Locke reads Rene Descartes' Discourse on the Method
John Locke reads Rene Descartes' Discourse on the Method. This work includes the famous quote "I think, therefore I am". Locke enjoyed these writings.
Anthony Ashley Cooper's new friend.
John Locke meets Anthony Ashley Cooper "Lord Ashley" who is an important British politician. They become friends.
Lord Ashley's liver
Locke (who is now Lord Ashley's personal physician) supervises a liver operation that saves Lord Ashley's life. Lord Ashley lives another 15 years.
Fundamental Constitution of Carolina
Lord Ashley was involved in the new British colonies in America. Locke is then asked to write the Fundamental Constitution of Carolina.
First draft of the Essay Concerning Human Understanding
John Locke writes his first draft of the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, it contains ideas on Natural Law. This draft is based mainly on other peoples work.
The idea of a Social Contract
Locke's begins to write and promote the idea of a Social Contract. This idea is not completely his, but his popularity will help him to be heard.
Locke escapes to Holland
Locke's ideas about revolution against a government are connected to a plan to assasinate the king. Locke moves to Holland. Others such as Lord Ashley are arrested for treason and some are killed (for befriending or agreeing with Locke).
Locke returns to England
Locke is welcomed by the new king and returns to England. This is after England's Glorious Revolution.
Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding is published.
Sir Isaac Newton's new friendship.
Sir Isaac Newton and John Locke meet and become good friends.
Two Treatises of Civil Government
Two Treatises of Civil Government are published. John Locke is the author of these writings.
British Board of Trade
Locke's health is poor, but he is still assigned to the British Board of Trade. He was considered it's most "influential member".
John Locke passed away in 1704.
The Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson borrows some of John Locke ideas to help write the Declaration of Independence.