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S: John Locke And His Times

BC: Pictures from YAHOO "John Locke." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2010. Web. 28 Sept. 2010.

FC: John Locke And His Times By:Josie Dew!

1: John LoCKe and his times

2: Locke was born on August 29, 1632 in the small English village of Wrington, in Somerset. His father, John Locke Sr., was a local attorney of modest means. John Locke is considered one of the first of the modern philosophers. Combining the rationalism of René Descartes with the empiricism and inductive scientific method of Francis Bacon, Locke gave the Western world the first distinctly modern theory of human nature.

3: Locke's early education was at home. At the age of 15, his father arranged his entrance into Westminster School, located next to Westminster Abbey in London. There, he studied Latin, Greek, Arabic, and Hebrew in order to read the classic books written in those languages. In May 1652, at the age of 20, Locke was elected along with five other students for a scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford.

4: Locke's father died in 1661, and two years later, his brother also died. His father left him some land and a few cottages, providing him with a small but adequate income for the remainder of his life. As a result of respiratory problems exacerbated by the London smog, Locke went to France for an extended stay in 1671.

5: Locke's health continued to decline, and on October 28, 1704, he died peacefully while sitting in a chair with Lady Masham at his side. John Lockes ideas where used by Thomas Jefferson in Declaration of Independence such as life, health, Liberty, or possessions also Declaration establishes a Natural Law, a theory popularized by Locke with his State of Nature ideas.

6: in the later years of his life, Locke published a few little-known works, including a special edition of Aesop's Fables written in English and Latin to help children learn Latin, as well as The Reasonableness of Christianity as Delivered in the Scriptures.

7: I In 1695, the same year he published this latter work, his asthma became so bad during London winters that he moved in permanently with his closest female friend, Lady Masham. He spent the remainder of his life in her house, taking visits from the friends, disciples, and dignitaries who came to pay him their respect.

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