John Locke 's Influence On Philosophy Essay

1239 Words Nov 28th, 2016 5 Pages
John Locke entered this world in Wrington, Somerset to a Protestant family on August 29, 1632. John Locke’s mother died when he was very young, in fact, an infant and his father was a hardworking attorney. His father’s name was also John. John was taught by his father at an early age about hard work, moderation, simplicity, as well as, the love of freedom and liberty. John Locke attended Westminster School from 1646 to 1651 in London. From there Locke was chosen for a studentship in 1652 at Christ Church College, Oxford University, which meant he would have a lifetime of fellowship and study there. Locke “distinguished himself there, especially among his fellow students, by his talents and learning” (Faiella, 2006, p. 25). He studied medicine there but did not became a doctor formally. However, he was found treating people who came to him with medical conditions. This practice led many to give him the nickname of Dr. Locke. Locke began to focus his attention on philosophy in the mid -1660s. Key theory of Locke’s philosophy was the importance of reason. In Locke’s view, a rational person was a moral person who lived by moral laws that were created. His theory included the thought that morality was the basis of human society (Faiella, 2006, p.71). Locke believed that God gave us the ability to reason to help us in the search of truth. To aid us, “God created in us a natural aversion to misery and a desire for happiness, so we avoid things that cause us pain and…

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