John Locke Timline-Caitlin

  • The birth of John Locke

    John Locke is born in 1632
  • What Locke Studied

    After studying philosophy, medicine, law, and mathematics and graduating with multiple degrees Locke becomes a very important professor at Oxford College from 1652-1664
  • Locke read Rene Descartes' Discourse

    Locke reads Rene Descartes' Discourse on the Method and likes what he reads. This work includes the famous quote "I think, therefore I am" in 1665
  • Locke meets Anthony Cooper

    Anthony Ashley Cooper "Lord Ashley" who is an important British politician meets and befriends Locke in 1666
  • Locke is Cooper's personal Physician

    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 in 1668
  • Locke and the Fundamental Constituion

    Because of Lord Ashley's involvement in the new British colonies in America Locke is asked to write the Fundamental Constitution of Carolina in 1670
  • Essay Concerning Human Understanding

    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 in 1671
  • Lockes 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 from 1679-1680
  • Lockes Ideas on Revolution

    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 in 1683
  • Locke and the New King

    England's Glorious Revolution; Locke is welcomed by the new king and returns to England in 1688
  • Locke and Sir Isaac Newton

    Locke meets Sir Isaac Newton and they become friends in 1689
  • Essay Concerning Human Understanding Published

    Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke is published in 1689
  • Two Treaties of Civil Government published

    Two Treatises of Civil Government by John Locke is published in 1690
  • British Board of Trade

    Locke is appointed to the British Board of Trade and even though his health is failing he is its most influential member from 1696-1700
  • Death of John Locke

    Jon Locke Dies in 1704
  • Thomas Jefferson Borrow's Lockes Ideas

    Thomas Jefferson borrows from Locke's ideas to write the Declaration of Independence in 1774