John Locke’s Influence on the United States Constitution

John Locke (1632-1704) on engraving from the 1800s.
English philosopher and physician, one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers. He is known as the Father of Liberalism. Engraved by H.Robinson and published by J.Tallis.

Few documents possess more prestige than the United States Constitution (US 1776). Considered the supreme law of the land, the Constitution forms the basis of an important social contract between the citizenry and their government. Political philosophers, such John Locke, would describe this type of social contract as a necessary alternative to man’s natural state. […]