Monday, September 12, 2011

An Englishman of the Enlightenment who influenced later thinkers

Having mentioned Rousseau I thought I'd also bring up Locke.  He was an English philospher of the Enlightenment who theorized about an ideal form of government.  He believed in the fundamental goodness of people, and was one of the first Enlightenment philosophers to build his ideas out on that platform.

His Second Treatise on Government heavily influenced the founding fathers of the U.S., English rebels such as Paine and thinkers of the French Enlightenment such as Rousseau.

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