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John Locke Timeline

A timeline of the most influential events in John Locke's life.

Myke Bates

on 17 January 2013

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John Locke 1632 John Locke was born in 1632 in the town of Wrington. His father was a lawyer, and through his work, young Locke was able to attend Westminster school in London. 1704 John Locke died in 1704 at the age of 72. He died in the town of Oates where he had served as a member of the board of trade for many years. 1652 Education John Locke began his college career at Oxford in 1652 when he was 20 years old. There he studied logic, classical languages and metaphysics during his undergraduate degree, and it was the first time he was exposed to philosophy. A church in John Locke's hometown of Wrington Christ's Church In Oxford, The College which John Locke attended. Birth 1660 Death Oxford Scientific Group Once he obtained his undergraduate degree, Locke spent a lot of time around the Scientific Group at Oxford. There, he observed his scientific mentor; Robert Boyle's theories about science and life. Locke eventually adopted this way of thinking as his own, and began questioning the many well-accepted theories around him. 1665 English Royal Society Locke soon became one of the early members of the English Royal Society. There he conferred with other scientists and philosophers and he devised his "Historical Plain Method*" there. Locke's "Historical Plain Method" was his way of looking at how society does things and why. He looked to find out how we came by our ideas, and if they were justified or not. 1667 Locke Moves To London Locke moved to London to serve as secretary of the Board of Trade and Plantations, as well as secretary to Lords Proprietors of the Carolinas. While living there, Locke stayed with Lord Ashley, a member of the board of trade and an influential in English politics at the time. London was the bustling center of England at the time, and it was a prime place for Locke to find his way around philosophy. * 1683 Exile In Holland Locke's life in England came to an abrupt halt when a plot was revealed to assassinate the King and his brother. The King fled to Holland and Locke followed him there. He would spend the next few years there in exile. Locke spent a lot of time in Holland, it was where he wrote a lot of his books Locke The Author 1685 While in Holland, Locke finished his books: "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding" and "The Two Treatises of Government". They dealt with his theories on how people are naturally good and how government is there to protect people's rights, not to oppress them. Locke's "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding" Scholar, Philosopher, Author 1688 Return to England Locke returned to England in 1688 after the King's death and his brother's failure to gather the support of other countries. He published both "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding" and "The Two Treatises of Government," wrote even more of his political and philosophic views in "A Letter Concerning Toleration," "The Reasonableness of Christianity" and "Some Thoughts on Education". He also helped revive the Board of Trade and served as the most influential member on it until 1700. Locke's works from the time
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