Profile of the Day: John Locke
On August 29, 1632, English philosopher John Locke was born in Somerset, England. His father was a country lawyer and clerk to the Justices of the Peace in Chew Magna. Both of his parents were Puritans.
Widely considered on of the most influential Enlightenment thinkers, Locke’s work had a significant impact on the development of epistemology and political philosophy. Locke postulated that the mind was a blank slate or tabula rasa and that knowledge is determined only by experience. His writings greatly influenced American revolutionaries, who were inspired by his arguments concerning liberty and the social contract. The scope of his influence can be seen in the United States Declaration of Independence.
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