John Locke
John Locke FRS (/ˈlɒk/; 29 August 1632 – 28 October 1704), was an English philosopher and physician regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and known as the "Father of C...
Constitutional Government: Locke's Second Treatise (1–5)
Introduction to Political Philosophy (PLSC 114) John Locke had such a profound influence on Thomas Jefferson that he may be deemed an honorary founding fathe...
Two Treatises of Government
Two Treatises of Government (or Two Treatises of Government: In the Former, The False Principles, and Foundation of Sir Robert Filmer, and His Followers, Are Detected and Overthrown. The Latter Is an...
Tabula rasa
Tabula rasa (/ˈtæbjələ ˈrɑːsə, -zə, ˈreɪ-/) refers to the epistemological idea that individuals are born without built-in mental content and that therefore all knowledge comes from experience or perce...
Labor theory of property
The labor theory of property (also called the labor theory of appropriation, labor theory of ownership, labor theory of entitlement, or principle of first appropriation) is a theory of natural law tha...
Lockean proviso
The Lockean proviso is a feature of John Locke's labour theory of property which says that, whilst individuals have a right to homestead private property from nature by working on it, they can do so o...
Compliance problem
The Compliance problem is a problem in contractarian ethics. It states that it is in the individuals' best interest to agree to contracts, but not to comply to them.Thomas Hobbes first outlined the co...
Limited government
Limited government gives citizens more control on how they shape their local environment and policy. More emphasis becomes placed on local government and policy, giving more citizen access to particip...
Leviathan (book)
Leviathan or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil—commonly referred to as Leviathan—is a book written by Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) and published in 1651 (revised La...
Of the Conduct of the Understanding
John Locke's Of the Conduct of the Understanding describes how to think clearly and rationally. It is a handbook for autodidacts. It complements Locke's Some Thoughts Concerning Education which explai...
State of nature
The state of nature is a concept in moral and political philosophy used in religion, social contract theories and international law to denote the hypothetical conditions of what the lives of people mi...
John Locke Foundation
The John Locke Foundation (JLF) is a conservative 501(c)(3) think tank based in North Carolina started in 1990. Its mission statement says the "John Locke Foundation employs research, journalism, and...
A Letter Concerning Toleration
A Letter Concerning Toleration by John Locke was originally published in 1689. Its initial publication was in Latin, though it was immediately translated into other languages. Locke's work appeared am...
Social contract
In moral and political philosophy, the social contract or political contract is a theory or model, originating during the Age of Enlightenment, that typically addresses the questions of the origin of ...
Molyneux's problem
Molyneux's problem is a thought experiment in philosophy concerning immediate recovery from blindness.It was first formulated by William Molyneux, and notably referenced in John Locke's An Essay Conce...
Damaris Cudworth Masham
Lady Damaris Cudworth Masham (January 18, 1659 – April 20, 1708) was an English philosopher, proto-feminist, and advocate for women’s education. Despite problems with her vision and lack of access to ...
John Locke Lectures
The John Locke Lectures are a series of annual lectures in philosophy given at the University of Oxford. They are one of the world's most prestigious academic lecture series, comparable to the Giffor...
Some Thoughts Concerning Education
Some Thoughts Concerning Education is a 1693 treatise on the education of gentlemen written by the English philosopher John Locke. For over a century, it was the most important philosophical work on e...
Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina
The Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina were adopted in March 1669 by the eight Lords Proprietor of the Province of Carolina, which included most of the land between what is now Virginia and Florida...
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding is a work by John Locke concerning the foundation of human knowledge and understanding. It first appeared in 1689 (although dated 1690) with the printed title A...