John Locke History (no, not the guy from Lost) By ericacantu Aug 29, 1632 John Locke is born Period: Aug 7, 1652 to Sep 5, 1664 Locke becomse important professor at Oxford College After studying philosophy, medicine, law, mathmateics, and graduating with multiple degrees Locke becomes a very important professor at Oxford College Nov 4, 1665 Locke reads Rene Descartes' Discourse on the Method Locke read Rene Descartes' Discourse on the Method and likes what he reads. This work includdes the famous quote: 'I think, therefore I am.' Jun 4, 1666 Anthony Ashley Cooper (Lord Ashley) Meets and Befriends Locke Nov 4, 1668 Locke supervises liver operation Locke, who is now Lord Ashley's personal physician, supervises a liver operation that saves Lord Ashley's life and he remarkably lives another 15 years. Nov 4, 1670 Locke is asked to write the 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. Feb 23, 1671 Locke writes first draft of Essay Concerning Human Understanding Locke writes his first draft of Esssay Concerning Human Understanding; in it are ideas on natural law, based partially on the writings of others. Period: Aug 6, 1679 to Dec 7, 1680 Locke begins writing and advertising the idea of a social contract Locke 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. Sep 15, 1683 Locke's ideas about Revolution are linked to plot to kill the King. Locke's ideas about revolution are linked to plots to kill the King. Locke flees to Holland; many that agreed with him and Lord Ashley are arrested for treason and some are killed. Nov 4, 1688 England's Glorious Revolution Locke is welcomed by the new king and returns to England. Feb 6, 1689 Locke meets Sir Isaac Newton Locke meets and befriends Sir Isaac Newton Dec 4, 1689 Essay Concerning Human Understanding is Published Essay Concerning Human Understanding, by John Locke, is published. Nov 4, 1690 The Two Treatises of Civil Government is published. Period: Nov 4, 1696 to Nov 4, 1700 Locke is appointed to the British Board of Trade Locke is appointed to the Bristish Board of Trade and even though his health is failing he is the most influential member Oct 28, 1704 Death of John Locke John Locke dies from a prolonged decline in health Nov 4, 1776 Thomas Jefferson 'borrows' from John Locke Thomas Jefferson borrows ideas from Locke in order to write the Declaration of Independence.