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John Locke

John Locke (16321704) 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, he is equally important to social contract theory. His work greatly affected the development of epistemology and political philosophy. He postulated that, at birth, the mind was a blank slate or tabula rasa, maintaining that we are born without innate ideas, and that knowledge is instead determined only by experience derived from sense perception. His contributions to classical republicanism and liberal theory are reflected in the United States Declaration of Independence.

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