John Locke

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John Locke

-Locke was a well-known British Philosopher of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century-He was also an empiricist and environmentalist -Locke was known as the “Father of Liberal Philosophy” -In his “Thoughts Concerning Education” (1693), Locke argued for a broadened syllabus and better treatment of students—ideas that were an enormous influence on Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s novel “Emile” (1762). believed that a child's mind was a blank slate (in Latin - "tabula rasa") and that children learn through experience (Trial and error)

Works by Locke

1632 - Born August 29th 1647 - Attend Westminster School in London1656 - Earned a bachelor’s degree (from the Christ Church, Oxford)1658 - Earned a master’s degree (from Oxford)1674 - recieved a bachelor of medicine1689 December. The Essay Concerning Human Understanding is published.1690 The Two Treatises of Civil Government are published.1704 - Died October 28th

-Two Treatises of Government-Some Thoughts Concerning Education -He wrote three Letters Concerning Toleration -The Essays on the Law of Nature -The Reasonableness of Christianity-An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

Lasting Impact

-Locke changed peoples views on education and helped to influence the education in today’s modern society.-He brought about learning environments where children could explore and interact


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Thoughts on John Lockes Theoryof Knowledge

-John Locke (1632-1704). (n.d.). Retrieved from Locke. (n.d.). The Famous People website. Retrieved from Locke. (n.d.). Retrieved from LOCKE. (n.d.). Retrieved from thoughts on john locke's theory of knowledge. (2009, May 14). Retrieved from Thoughts Concerning Education by Locke, John, Adamson, John William. (n.d.). Retrieved from

"For knowledge is grateful to the understanding, as light to the eyes: children are pleased and delighted with it exceedingly, especially if they see that their inquiries are regarded, and that their desire of knowing is encouraged and commended." ~ John Locke, Some Thoughts Concerning Education


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