• John Locke is born in England

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    after studying law, phylosophy, medicine, and math and graduates with multiple degrees Locke becomes a very important proffesor at Oxford College

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

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

  • 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

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

  • Locke writes his first draft of the Essay Concerning Human Understanding, in it are ideas of natural law; based partially on the writing of others

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    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'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

  • England's glorious revolution: Locke is welcomed back by the new king and returns to England

  • Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke is published

  • Locke meets Sir Isacc Newton and they become friends

  • Two Treatisis of Government by John Locke is published

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

  • John Locke dies

  • Thomas Jefferson borrows from Locke's ideas to write the Decleration of Independence