Resource: John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government

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John Locke – Two Treatises of Government

Who was he?


English philosopher John Locke’s works lie at the foundation of modern philosophical empiricism and political liberalism.

“Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself.”
—John Locke


John Locke, born on August 29, 1632, in Wrington, Somerset, England, went to

Philosopher John Locke (1632–1704)

Westminster school and then Christ Church, University of Oxford. At Oxford, he studied medicine, which would play a central role in his life. He became a highly influential philosopher, writing about such topics as political philosophy, epistemology, and education. Locke’s writings helped found modern Western philosophy.

Two-Hour Course of Study on Two Treatises of Government – The Cato Institute


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