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John Locke

John Locke wrote many works on political issues. He is best known for his arguments in favor of religious toleration and limited government. Today these ideas are widely accepted. But in John’s time they were highly innovative and radical.Two Treatises of Government were published in 1689. The First Treatise states that Government is a service to the people, not the other way around. Part of Locke’s strategy in this work was to offer a different account of the origins of government. Johns ideas was that humans were initially in a "state of nature". The state of nature was apolitical by beleieving their should be no government and that each individual had their owe individual natural rights. Which inclue: the right to attempt to preserve one’s life, to seize unclaimed valuables, because they were given by God to all of his people.


John Locke

John Locke: The Philosopher

Who is John ?

John Locke was born on August 29th 1632 in England.He studied medicine.He became an influential philosopher, writing political philosophy, epistemology, and education. Locke's writings helped found modern Western philosophy.

Strengths and Weakness

John Locke's Law

"All mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.” John believed that people were born thinking that they were entitled to do whatever they please (state of nature). However, when you violate someone else’s natural rights you should be punished as a person not as a state. Everyone is equal and deserves equal punishment.



Strengths-Well educated-His ideas of right to life liberty security and property are used today- His ideas of sepertating powers is used today in our legal systemWeaknesses-Since there was no higher power to set guidelines for punishments for crimes, punishements were always different and had no standards.-People argued against Locke because they thought of his law as "an every man for himself" mentality.


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