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John Locke was the son of a country attorney and was born on August 29 1632 He grew up in and during the civil war and later in 1652 entered the Christ Church Oxford where he remained as a student and teacher for many years Locke taught and lectured in subjects such as Greek rhetoric and Moral philosophy Lockedisagreed with many of the topics that were taught at the university Locke after reading books by Descartes acquired a strong interest in contemporary philosophical and scientific questions and theories In 1666 Locke accidentally met with Lord Anthony Ashley Cooper 1st of Shaftesbury and from then on this lifelong relationship and association helped to change the course of Lockes career Cooper made Locke his personal secretary and confidential advisor and also let him hold a number of governmental posts while his patron was in office In 1675 Locke became very ill and was forced to leave his employment and reside for four years in France where he began his writing After four years Locke then returned again to England into Shaftesbury where he once again joined Coopers service Four years later Cooper was forced to flee to Holland where Locke shortly after followed him They remained there until the Glorious Revolution of 1688 On his return to England Locke issued many or works the chief of these being the Two Treaties of Government and the Essay Concerning Human Understanding These writings were immediately successful and they both exerted a vast influence Between the both of these works they made the dominant view of English thought through the greater part of the eighteenth century Also on his return the new king William III appointed Locke to the Board of Trade in 1696 a position from which he resigned because of ill health in 1700 Locke spent peaceful old age in the country household at Oates of his friends Sir Francis and Lady Masham He
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