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05.05H The Age of Enlightenment: Honors Assessment

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Cathy Shepardson

on 18 May 2014

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Transcript of 05.05H The Age of Enlightenment: Honors Assessment

John Locke
The Lifetime Achievement Award for the most Enlightened Thinker goes to...
Inspired Philosophers
Two Treaties of Government
John Locke wrote down his ideas about individuals and their government in the "Two Treatises of Gobernment". The ideas in this publication inspired philosophical thinking that continued to change traditional thinking throughout history.
Cathy Shepardson
05.05H The Age of Enlightenment
John Locke was an English philosopher who was known as the Father of Classical Liberation. This name was derived from his outspoken view that individuals will have more power if power is taken from the government. He strongly believed that if the government was not properly serving the needs and desires of the people, then the people have every right to limit the government's authority.

His beliefs spread to the people and was widely accepted and this thinking led to modern day governmental ideas such as liberal theory and classical republicanism. His beliefs revolve around liberty and equality. These are represented by one of the founding pieces of history that represent the United States... The Declaration of Independence.

John Locke, being a philosopher, created a theory of mind which speaks to discovering one's true identity. His findings were later supported by renown philosophers Kant, Rousseau, and Hume. He contributed to the debate over whether one was born knowing or whether one learned throughout life. He concluded that the mind is a blank slate and humans are born without innate ideas. His contributions towards philosophy challenged traditional thinking and brought about a wave of knowledge that can be seen in modern society.
The Declaration of Independence
John Locke's works and ideas about individualism and freedom are represented in a the Declaration of Independence.
Locke's work inspired future philosophers such as...
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