John Locke

John Locke was born August 29, 1632 and was well known as an English philosopher. His work influenced later philosophers, especially those concerned with political theory. He addressed the ideas of tabula rasa, that the human brain was a blank slate until the point where it started to learn and grow. He also came up with the idea of consciousness and believed that this state of living was essential to forming an individual’s identity.

Born to a lawyer father and a strictly Puritan mother, Locke came into the world in his family home and was immediately baptized. As a youth he was schooled at the Westminster School. Located in London, it was well known for turning out highly educated young men. He later went to Christ Church, a college in Oxford. He studied medicine, but found himself drawn towards philosophy and in particular, men working and writing at the time.

Locke finished school in 1658, but stayed onto 1674 when he was awarded a medical degree. He worked as the private physician of Lord Ashley and started working on a philosophy paper that would later become 'An Essay Concerning Human Understanding'. Locke also began working in economics, which influenced his later works. He moved to the Netherlands in 1683 under some intrigue and spent most of his time writing out his ideas on current economics. He passed away in 1704 and was buried in Essex. Though he lived a long and fruitful life, he never got married and passed away without ever becoming a father.

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John Locke never addressed the idea of a background check, but it almost appears as if he covered everything else. His writings were so influential that they’re still studied today by philosophy students. He discussed similar ideas to his contemporaries, but for the most part he introduced new ideas and spoke out against atrocities he witnessed in politics and economics. The number of people still studying his work speaks volumes about his life.