John Locke

(1632_1704)

John Locke
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John Locke (29 August 1632 – 28 October 1704), widely known as the Father of Classical Liberalism, was an English philosopher and physician regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers. Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Francis Bacon, he is equally important to social contract theory. His work had a great impact upon the development of epistemology and political philosophy. His writings influenced Voltaire and Rousseau, many Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, as well as the American revolutionaries. His contributions to classical republicanism and liberal theory are reflected in the United States Declaration of ... more »

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  • ''All men are liable to error; and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it.''
    John Locke (1632-1704), British philosopher. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, bk. 4, ch. 20, sect. 17, ed. P. Nidditch, Oxford, Clarendon Pres...
  • ''The ignorance and darkness that is in us, no more hinders nor confines the knowledge that is in others, than the blindness of a mole is an argument against the quicksightedness of an eagle.''
    John Locke (1632-1704), British philosopher. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, bk. 4, ch. 3, sect. 23, p. 553, ed. P. Nidditch, Oxford, Clarend...
  • If a child were kept in a place where he never saw any other but black and white till he were a man, he would have no more ideas of scarlet or green, than he that from his childhood never tasted an oy...
    John Locke (1632-1704), British philosopher. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, bk. 2, ch. 1, sect. 6, p. 106, ed. P. Nidditch, Oxford, Clarendo...
  • Consciousness is the perception of what passes in a man's own mind. Can another man perceive that I am conscious of any thing, when I perceive it not myself? No man's knowledge here can go beyond his ...
    John Locke (1632-1704), British philosopher. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, bk. 2, ch. 1, sect. 19, p. 115, ed. P. Nidditch, Oxford, Clarend...
  • Moral laws are set as a curb and restraint to these exorbitant desires, which they cannot be but by rewards and punishments, that will over-balance the satisfaction any one shall propose to himself in...
    John Locke (1632-1704), British philosopher. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, bk. 1, ch. 3, sect. 13, p. 74, ed. P. Nidditch, Oxford, Clarendo...
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