How Did John Locke Influence The Declaration Of Independence

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John Locke and his influence on the Declaration of Independence At the end of the seventeenth century John Locke was one of the greatest philosophers in Europe. He was mostly known as a political philosopher with his theories about the formation of the society discussing man in his natural state. LOCKE’S LIFE John Locke was born on August 29, 1632 at Wrington, Somerset in England. His father was a country lawyer who served in cavalry on the Puritan side in the very beginning of the English civil war. Lock gained an excellent education due to his father’s commander, Alexander Popham, who became the local MP and was his patronage. In 1647 Locke attended the Westminster School in London where he lived and received a stipend. At the age of twenty, in 1652, he went to Christ Church in Oxford. Education in Oxford was medieval. Conversations with tutors and between undergraduates at school were in Latin. He was taught Aristotelian philosophy, which he found useful and was concentrate in logic and metaphysics and classical languages. In February 1656, Lock received his B.A. and in June 1658 he qualified as a Master of Arts. Locke was not certain about his future career and he accepted an offer to…show more content…
The evidence that his ideas are implicit in many parts of the document is obvious. For example, the idea of limited government versus individual freedom looms large as an issue that is addressed by John Locke, and it is also a significant part of the declaration as a whole. The Declaration of Independence is an important historical document. It severed ties with Britain during the time of revolution. The declaration is a written claim that the colonists formed an independent state and that they could not be controlled by Britain any longer. Thus, it is a document equated with freedom, a concept that was strongly supported by
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