John Locke Essay by Peter Pen

John Locke
This paper discusses the life and writings of John Locke, 17th century political philosopher, who had an enormous impact on democratic institutions.
# 64794 | 1,065 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2005
Published on Apr 05, 2006 in Political Science (U.S.) , Philosophy (History) , Political Science (John Locke)

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This paper explains that John Locke (1632-1704), who was English, was a scholar at Oxford University, a medical researcher and physician, a political operative, an economist, an ideologue and a philosopher whose thinking and writing still influences the U.S. today. The author points out that the conservative Christian movement's challenge to whether there is a constitutionally established separation between church and state is repelled by Thomas Jefferson's well-known letter of 1802 to the Baptists of Danbury, which describes "the wall of separation between Church and State" based on John Locke's concept of toleration. The paper concludes that some of Locke's more popular, even though not as philosophically profound, quotes are part of every day culture such as "I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.". Many quotes.

From the Paper:

"Locke's writings did not always carry the weight that they do today; indeed, even today, in England, Locke's native land, "...there is no public will find his portrait in the National Portrait Gallery, but demand is insufficient for a postcard to be on sale." But today Locke's writings are used by a diverse assortment of organizations to bolster or justify their positions. The National Rifle Association (NRA) uses the 137th paragraph of Locke's Second Treatise On Government as an authoritative source to bolster the NRA's position on the right to bear arms. "Whereas by supposing they have given up themselves to the absolute arbitrary power and will of a legislator, they have disarmed themselves, and armed him to make a prey of them when he pleases," Locke wrote."

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