Philosopher. He was born in Wrington, Somerset, England, the son of a solicitor and a small landowner who fought on the Parliamentarian side in the Civil War. Locke became one of the greatest thinkers of the period and his principles later formed the cornerstone of the US Constitution. He was educated at Westminster school and became a student and later a don at Christ Church, Oxford. His most famous work, "Essay Concerning Human Understanding" (1690), was the first and most complete survey of philosophy in the English world.
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