After studying philosophy, medicine, law, and mathematics and graduating with multiple degrees Locke becomes a very important professor at Oxford College.
Locke 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."
Locke befriends Anthony Ashley Cooper
Anthony Ashley Cooper "Lord Ashley" who is an important British politician meets and befriends Locke.
Locke supervises Lord Ashley's liver problem that saves his life
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.
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.
Locke writes his first draft of the Essy 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
Locke begins to write & promote 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.
Locke flees to Holland
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.
Locke returns to England
England's Glorious Revolution; Locke is welcomed by the new king and returns to England.
John Locke publishes Essay Concerning Human Undertstanding
Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke is published.
Locke meets Sir Isaac Newton and they become friends
Locke meets Sir Isaac Newton and they become friends.
John Locke publishes Two Treatsies of Civil Government
Two Treatises of Civil Government by John Locke is published.
Locke is appointed to the 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.
John Locke dies
John Locke dies
Thomas uses John Locke's ideas
Thomas Jefferson borrows from Locke's ideas to write the Declaration of Independence.