English philosopher John Locke's works lie at the foundation of modern philosophical empiricism and political liberalism.
"We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us."
John Locke, born on August 29, 1632, in Wrington, Somerset, England, went to Westminster school and then Christ Church, University of Oxford. At Oxford he studied medicine, which would play a central role in his life. He became a highly influential philosopher, writing about such topics as political philosophy, epistemology, and education. Locke's writings helped found modern Western philosophy.