How Did John Locke Influence The World

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John Locke is known as a great philosopher who helped create and shape the world as we know it. He was born on August 29, 1632, to his parents John Locke, and Agnes Kneene, in Wrington Somerset. His family was known as a liberal Puritan family. He went through different types of schooling throughout his time, while facing some challenges here and there (Clapp). Locke was known as a English empiricist moral, political philosopher, he studied at Westminster School, where he studied Hebrew and Arabic (Clapp). His early education was at home, until the age of fifteen when his father arranged for him to go to Westminster. The Westminster school was strict on grammar which later condemned Locke. He was one of many who received a studentship at…show more content…
With his philosophy, he believed there was no legitimate government under the rights of the king’s theory. Locke believed that the King 's theory is that God chooses the rulers and when the ruler is being challenged, then you are challenging God. This King 's theory was present during the Renaissance time, when it came to who was next in line for the throne. Locke wrote his own theory to test the king 's theory. One of Locke 's many ideas was that “the power to be a governor is to be granted by the people, maybe through voting”(Enlightenment Contributions). Locke’s ideas like this was something that we base a lot of decisions off of, the idea that the people have the choice through the method of voting, which is something that is common now days. Another idea was that he believed that everyone had natural rights, Locke said that “people automatically gained these rights when they born”(Enlightenment Contributions). The idea that the government should protect these rights of citizens. These concepts may sound recognizable because they are written in the United States Declaration of Independence. Locke 's above mentioned ideas became the bedrock for copious political…show more content…
Locke wrote An Essay Concerning Human Understanding in 1689 and was considered the foundation of human knowledge and understanding (Locke). Locke looks at the mind after birth as a clean slate with nothing there, but throughout time it is filled with wisdom and experience. Locke 's ideas such as this, can relate to many things now days, it is known with time that you learn from your experiences and mistakes. Even in the Renaissance Era people learn from poor decisions. This essay is one of the main sources of modern philosophy (Locke). Locke’s Essay on Concerning Human Understanding greatly impacted other philosophers, including David Hume, and George Berkeley. This essay helps explain how we may express ourselves through language, logic, and religious practice (Harlan). Locke then realized that men generally punish themselves with their own knowledge, because they often are not successful in knowing their limitations. This is something that may not have been clearly known during the Renaissance Era, which this then helped shape men during the
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