John Locke

  • 1652-1664

    After studying philosophy, medicine, law, and mathematics and graduating with multiple degrees Locke becomes a very important professor at Oxford College
  • 1665

    Locke reads Rene Descartes' discorce on the method and likes what he reads. This work includes the famous quote, "I think, therefore I am."
  • 1665

    Locke reads Rene Descartes' Discourse on the Method and likes what he reads. This work includes the famous quote "I think, therefore I am"
  • 1666

    Anthony Ashley Cooper "Lord Ashley" who is an important British politician meets and befriends Locke
  • 1668

    Locke who is now Lord Ashley's personal physician supervises a liver operation that saves Lord Ashley's life and remarkably he lives another 15 years
  • 1670

    Because of Lord Ashley's involvement in the new British colonies in America Locke is asked to write the Fundamental Constitution of Carolina
  • 1671

    Locke writes his first draft of the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, in it are ideas on Natural Law; based partially on the writings of others
  • 1679-1680

    Locke's begins to write and promote the idea of a Social Contract, he may not be the first with the idea but his social status will make the idea popular
  • 1683

    Locke's ideas about revolution against a government are linked to a plot to kill the king. Locke flees to Holland, many that agreed with him and Lord Ashley are arrested for treason and some are killed
  • 1688

    England's Glorious Revolution; Locke is welcomed by the new king and returns to England
  • 1689

    Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke is published
  • 1689

    Locke meets Sir Isaac Newton and they become friends
  • 1690

    Two Treatises of Civil Government by John Locke is published
  • 1696-1700

    Locke is appointed to the British Board of Trade and even though his health is failing he is its most influential member
  • death

    John Locke has passed away
  • 1776

    Thomas Jefferson borrows from Locke's ideas to write the Declaration of Independence.