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John Locke

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1632 - 1704


Historical Period:
The Early Modern Period


John Locke (1632-1704) was an English philosopher who is considered to be one of the first philosophers of the Enlightenment and the father of classical liberalism. In his major work Two Treatises of Government Locke rejects the idea of the divine right of kings, supports the idea of natural rights (especially of property), and argues for a limited constitutional government which would protect individual rights.

See the Liberty Matters online discussion of John Locke on Property.

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