Essay on John Locke 's Views On The French Revolution

1254 Words Mar 4th, 2015 6 Pages
France During the 18th century, new political ideas greatly influenced the French revolution, which was the turning point in French history. Indeed, one of the most important and influential philosophers ever named John Locke (1632-1704) had a profound impact on French thinkers and the revolution. French philosophers of the Enlightenment took Locke as a model. He was the promoter of a political philosophy based on the concept of natural law where all men collectively elect a government to protect their natural rights. “John Locke’s understanding of freedom and equality is the essential basis of any happy and prosperous society”. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, famous philosopher of the 18th century also believed in the philosophy of natural law; although this is not the case for all, such as King Louis the Fourteenth and Napoleon, who’s political ideas differed from Locke’s beliefs. This paper will demonstrate the apparent contrast or correlation between Locke 's beliefs and these three individuals. Johns Locke, an English political thinker, believed that Men have real freedom, expresses the power of their mind when they are happily directed. This free man in its conquest of happiness is the man of the state of nature. He has a life of its own and has the right and duty to preserve. The state of nature refers to the state before human existence became socially organized. Locke, therefore, disqualifies any doctrine that sovereignty belonged by nature a man of destiny.…

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