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JOHN LOCKE

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Published on Apr 21, 2008

This is our presentation for g/h 20. We were assigned to relate an english philosopher from the age of reason, to modern day pop culture. After researching some philosophers, we chose John Locke, becuase of the similarities with the character John Locke, off the popular tv show LOST. Some of the similarities they share are their views concerning destiny, nature vs. nurture and the tabula rasa theory. 
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radavar
JOHN LOCKE really believed in faith?! I think he was a very smart man.
Glynnis Tejano
Not exactly the John Locke I wanted to see, but good enough
Lonnie Nerney
And to the connection of Jefferson/Locke. Thomas Jefferson was an avid reader of Locke. Large portions of the declaration of independence are literally word for word plagiarisms of locked treatises on civil gov. (not that it's a bad thing)
Lonnie Nerney
I think the narrators misunderstand Locke in regards to destiny. Personal choice and freedom negates the possibility of destiny. How can you choose if your path was already set. He challenged this notion and sparked a revolution
mgkernowek
If you say so ref the letters, I have no idea... there are similarities between locke and jefferson- Jefferson was of British descent, it is not inconceivable that he read locke.. after all there are many english laws incorporated into US law, why not be influenced by locke as well? Anyway perhaps we will never truly know, especially if you say those letters are corrupted, perhaps other documents have been as well. btw I am not a rightwing nutjob! Just interested in history that's all ! 
mgkernowek
hmm... I have read a lot of locke and it does appear that he influenced jefferson, some of what jefferson wrote is in fact virtually word for word- coincidence? But perhaps the most compelling evidence is a letter written in 1825 by Jefferson to Henry Lee in which states that he did incorporate the beliefs and writings of John Locke, especially when creating the Declaration of Independence, which I understand is kept in the library of congress. 
Bobbie Lea B
like this status if you are only here because your govt class made you! LOL, granted that being said I did really enjoy the vid and the clips that made the comparisons easier
Soma874
Derp? w*w*w.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/trm033.html 
Mike Takac
Just because Jefferson never wrote about Locke, does not prove he never read Lock. Jefferson had over 6000 books in his library and never wrote about every book. As for natural law, our Unalienable Rights are part of the Laws of Nature not natural law (“Scientific Proof of Our Unalienable Rights, a Road to Utopia”, Takac, 2012). 
Mike Takac
Do a google on “Thomas Jefferson John Lock” and learn.
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