john locke- Gus

  • Birth

    John Locke is born in England
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    Becomes Professor at Oxford College

    After studying philosophy, medicine, law, and mathematics and graduating with multiple degrees Locke becomes a very important professor at Oxford College.
  • Reads Rene Descartes' Discourse on the Method

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

    Anthony Ashley Cooper "Lord Ashley" who is an important British politician meets and befriends Locke.
  • Anthony Ashley Cooper's Liver Operation

    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.
  • Asked to Write Fundamental Constitution of Carolina

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

    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.
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    Idea of a Social Contract

    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.
  • Fleeing

    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.
  • Returning

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

    Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke is published.
  • Meets Sir Isaac Newton

    Locke meets Sir Isaac Newton and they become friends.
  • Two Treasities of Civil Government

    Two Treatises of Civil Government by John Locke is published.
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    Appointed to British Board

    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 dies
  • Stolen Ideas

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