Locke's Philosopher John Locke

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New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.” Philosopher John Locke had no problem expressing his beliefs and new ideas to the world. For this reason, he is one of the most influential idealists and writers in history. His strong ideas about politics and the government influenced a major intellectual movement in Europe. These ideas, along with his strong,opinionated writing, have laid out the principles the United States is founded on. Millions allowed this one man to change their mindsets and adopt a new set of values through his voistrous writing that focused on his liberal beliefs.
John Locke was the first-born child to John Locke Sr. and Agnes Keene Locke. Locke
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However, they were reunited in 1683 when Locke fled to the Netherlands. When the King, Charles II and his brother, were targeted and almost assassinated, the government thought Locke was a part of the plot due to his connection to Shaftesbury and the Whig Party. Because of his alleged involvement in the Rye House Plot, Locke left London for Holland, where he stayed for 5 years. Being in exile in Holland influenced Locke to began writing his piece “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding”. In the article “In Search Of Truth Alone”, the author explains how the intellectual atmosphere in Holland differed from that in London. Locke was surrounded by unorthodox ideas that pushed him to adopt new radical beliefs. Locke’s time in Holland inspired him to think unconventionally, developing and changing his …show more content…
John Locke died on October 28, 1704, at the age of 72 in High Laver, Essex, England. According to biography.com, Locke had always suffered from asthma and its attacks and other minor ailments, which along with age, ultimately led to his death. Throughout his lifetime, Locke never married or had children, however he is referred to as the “Father of Liberalism”. John Locke influenced many fellow philosophers, civilians, and other countries through his writing. Locke has over 25 published works, each one expressing his opinions and influencing its readers. His ideas for a more liberal government inspired philosophers, like Voltaire and his beliefs about liberty and natural rights influenced the Founding Fathers of the United States, including Andrew Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. As stated by Basil Willey in “The English Moralists”, Locke was the “theorist of Revolution and prophet of liberalism”(Willey 198) and he impacted

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