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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Weekly essay - John Locke

John Locke, was born on 29th of August in 1697 in Wrington, England. He is a renowned liberal philosopher who was the author of the Essay. The Essay is a philosophical piece about understanding how the human mind absorbs knowledge. John Locke was a believer that the governments should have very limited rights over it's citizens, which was a common idea in the time period. Locke was a very influential figure in his time, this is why he is attributed as the Father of Liberal philosophy. He was also involved in religion and published work on why Christianity is not such an abstract ideology. One thing that John Locke believed was that a sense of self is only based on a person’s past history. For whenever you meet someone new, you decide what kind of person you are. Your history is the only thing binding you to your identity. If it weren’t for your history, you would be a blank slate. This just complements the thought that each person is a changing being who is never the same at two different points in time. In addition to philosophy, John Locke also studied many other topics such as meta physics, medicine, and classical music. This without a doubt only helped Locke with his philosophical ideas and written works. John Locke passed away on October 24th, 1704.


Sources:

Hirschmann, Nancy J., Gender, Class, and Freedom in Modern Political Theory, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2009. p. 79

History.com Staff. "John Locke." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 04 Apr. 2017.

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