John Locke, the great
English empiricist and social philosopher, was born on August 29,
1632, in Somerset, England.
John Locke, and the book of essays that launched the
American republic nearly a century after it was published.
contributions to the ideas about government that guided the
Founding Fathers of the United States through the Constitutional
Convention in 1787, it is difficult to imagine how the United
States could have come into being without Locke's revolutionary
ideas of government. (Click here for more on John Locke) More
than once it has been noted that England's greatest political
theorist of the Enlightenment would inspire American colonists to
sue the English king for independence.