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The Life of John Locke

  • The Birth of John Locke

    John Locke is born in England
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    Locke Receives His Degrees

    After studying philosophy, medicine, law, and mathematics and graduating with multiple degrees Locke becomes a very important professor at Oxford College
  • John Locke gets his famous Quote

    John Locke gets his famous Quote
    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 Lord Ashley

    Anthony Ashley Cooper "Lord Ashley" who is an important British politician meets and befriends Locke
  • Locke Saves a Life

    Locke Saves a 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
  • John Locke Helps Lord Ashley

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

    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's Essay Concerning Human Understanding is Published

    Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke is published
  • Locke Meets Another Great Mind

    Locke meets Sir Isaac Newton and they become friends
  • Locke's Two Treatises of Civil Government is Published

    Locke's Two Treatises of Civil Government is Published
    Two Treatises of Civil Government by John Locke is published
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    Locke Joins 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's Death

    John Locke's Death
    John Locke dies
  • Jefferson Borrows from the Great Mind

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