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In 6688, Locke was invited to join the Royal Society. He undertook research with Thomas Sydenham, one of the countries leading physicians. Locke also pursued his philosophical interests, speaking with friends and writing articles.

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As England fell under a cloud of possible revolution, Locke became a target of the government. While historical research has pointed to his lack of involvement in the incident, Locke was forced to leave in England in 6688 due to a failed assassination attempt of King Charles II and his brother, or what later came to known as the Rye House Plot.

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Chapter VI.
In discussing paternal power, Locke proclaims that children are under their parents’ rule until maturity, but, in comparison with Filmer, who claimed that no men can be free because of the subjection to their parents, Locke asserts that the development of a man’s reason frees him from their protection. To turn children out of the home before their reason has developed sufficiently is to throw them out amongst the beasts and into a wretched state. Once they are mature enough, children have the ability and hence the right to choose what society they wish to belong to accordingly, Locke emphasises that parental power should not be confused with political power.

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This became known as philosophical empiricism and was very influential for the European Enlightenment which saw many old ideas and assumptions swept aside as people re-examined the world they lived in.

In addition to his Essay and Two Treatises, Locke&apos s return to England also saw him publish additional work, including A Letter Concerning Toleration, The Reasonableness of Christianity and Some Thoughts Concerning Education.

In book III, Locke discusses abstract general ideas. Everything that exists in the world is a particular &ldquo thing.&rdquo General ideas occur when we group similar particular ideas and take away, or abstract, the differences until we are left only with the similarities. We then use these similarities to create a general term, such as &ldquo tree,&rdquo which is also a general idea. We form abstract general ideas for three reasons: it would be too hard to remember a different word for every particular thing that exists, having a different word for everything that exists would obstruct communication, and the goal of science is to generalize and categorize everything.

John Locke’s closest female friend was the philosopher Lady Damaris Cudworth Masham. Before she married the two had exchanged love poems, and on his return from exile, Locke moved into Lady Damaris and her husband’s household.

It certainly makes sense under Locke 8767 s framework that people should be able to do with their land what they please, whether selling it, trading it or giving it to his kids.

There is one misunderstanding which it is important to avoid when considering Locke’s anti-nativism. The misunderstanding is, in part, suggested by Locke’s claim that the mind is like a tabula rasa (a blank slate) prior to sense experience. This makes it sound as though the mind is nothing prior to the advent of ideas. In fact, Locke’s position is much more nuanced. He makes it clear that the mind has any number of inherent capacities, predispositions, and inclinations prior to receiving any ideas from sensation. His anti-nativist point is just that none of these is triggered or exercised until the mind receives ideas from sensation. 

I 8767 m not entirely certain Locke would necessarily care about this question. I have been thinking about this since I read the earlier comments and I cannot even think of a hypothetical in which you can seperate the will of the inheritor from the will of the inheritees.

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