John Locke

1632 - 1704

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John Locke (; 29 August 1632 – 28 October 1704) was an English philosopher and physician, widely regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and commonly known as the "father of liberalism". Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Francis Bacon, Locke is equally important to social contract theory. His work greatly affected the development of epistemology and political philosophy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Locke has received more than 11,455,429 page views. His biography is available in 141 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 135 in 2019). John Locke is the 18th most popular philosopher (down from 11th in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 6th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular British Philosopher.

John Locke is most famous for his philosophy of empiricism, which states that all knowledge comes from experience.

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Among philosophers, John Locke ranks 18 out of 1,267Before him are Friedrich Nietzsche, Augustine of Hippo, Heraclitus, Thales of Miletus, Francis Bacon, and Thomas Aquinas. After him are Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Arthur Schopenhauer, Montesquieu, Democritus, Epicurus, and Seneca the Younger.

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Among people born in 1632, John Locke ranks 1After him are Johannes Vermeer, Baruch Spinoza, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Samuel von Pufendorf, Christopher Wren, Jean Mabillon, Maria Leopoldine of Austria, Francis Hyacinth, Duke of Savoy, Michael I Apafi, and Adam Frans van der Meulen. Among people deceased in 1704, John Locke ranks 1After him are Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, Guillaume de l'Hôpital, Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Princess Frederica Amalia of Denmark, Georg Muffat, Jean-Baptiste Denys, Isabella Leonarda, Selim I Giray, and Charles Plumier.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Locke ranks 10 out of 8,785Before him are Charles Darwin (1809), Elizabeth II (1926), Lord Byron (1788), Charlie Chaplin (1889), Francis Bacon (1561), and Elizabeth I of England (1533). After him are Winston Churchill (1874), James Watt (1736), Richard III of England (1452), Paul McCartney (1942), Anthony Hopkins (1937), and William IV of the United Kingdom (1765).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, John Locke ranks 2Before him are Francis Bacon (1561). After him are Thomas Hobbes (1588), David Hume (1711), Thomas More (1478), Herbert Spencer (1820), Jeremy Bentham (1748), Roger Bacon (1220), William of Ockham (1285), John Venn (1834), Joseph Priestley (1733), and Duns Scotus (1265).