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John Locke John Locke an English philosopher is one of the most recognized philosophers of all time Born in Somerset County he went to school at Oxford University where he got to be good friends with a man named Anthony Ashley Cooper After rumors flew of Locke helping Cooper with plots against the king he fled England to the Netherlands In the Netherlands he met Prince William and Princess Mary Queen Of Orange Six years later in 1689 William and Mary were crowned King and Queen of England and Locke returned Throughout his life John Locke wrote many famous pieces of writing including An Essay Concerning Human Understanding In this essay Locke argued against the doctrine of innate ideas which stated that ideas were part of the mind at birth and not learned or acquired later from outside sources Locke claimed that all ideas were placed in the mind by experience Douglas M Jesseph Locke John World Book Online Americas Edition httpaolsvcworldbookaolcomarroar3280htm September 6 2002 Locke also stated ideas are gained by occurrence and experience both inner and outer Outer experience consisted of ideas in the mind that were gained through the senses while inner experience was more about refining the information obtained through the outer experience and clarifying it mentally Locke also believed that every person had inalienable rights such as the rights of life liberty and the ownership of property sound familiar Locke helped shape the constitution Locke stated that it was the Kings duty to preserve these rights and he declared that if the ruler couldnt defend the rights of his people then the people had the right to find a new ruler Demosthenes Demosthenes an Athenian statesman and distinguished orator was born in Athens in 384 BC At the age of seven he was orphaned and his three guardians abused the inheritance his father had left for him Demosthenes went on to study oratory and law
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