John Locke: Maturity (1689-1704)

John Locke: Maturity (1689-1704)

Locke was fifty-six when he returned from Holland. He was already known in person to a large circle of friends and by repute to many others. But now he was to become a national figure, the prophet of the Whig party which had put William on the throne. His first publication was the Letter Concerning […]

John Locke: Years of Growth (1667-89)

John Locke: Years of Growth (1667-89)

In 1666 Locke first met Lord Ashley, afterwards Earl Shaftesbury. It was a chance meeting at Oxford, but for both men, and for Locke in particular, the event was fraught with important consequences. Ashley was already one of the most influential men in the country; his talents were many, and his practical ability admitted by […]

John Locke: Early Years (1632-67)

John Locke: Early Years (1632-67)

John Locke was born at Wrington, Somerset, on the 29th August 1632, of good Dorset and Somerset stock. The house in which he was born no longer stands, but the house to which he was shortly removed and where he spent his boyhood, namely, Beluton, near the village of Pensford, about six miles south-east of […]

John Locke Chronology

John Locke Chronology

1632 Locke is born in Wrington, Somerset. 1647 Locke is admitted to Westminster School. 1649 Charles I is executed in London. 1652 Locke enters Christ Church, Oxford. 1656 Locke graduates as a Bachelor of Arts of the University of Oxford. 1658 Locke graduates as a Master of Arts of the University of Oxford. 1660 The […]