Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Locke On Lock

Today was our ‘death’ day you might say of class. We had three lectures today plus our discussion group and have a prelim tomorrow so today was been a day filled with learning. Today has been rough but I guess this is what college is like.

Our first and third lectures today were about none other than Mr. John Locke himself. The brief intro to Locke I got from my AP World History course didn’t even scratch the surface of Professor Kramnick’s lectures. John Locke is credited as the original Liberalist. He was the first one to write down the importance of individualism. He thought, unlike the other philosophers we have read about, that the individual is where the community gains it power. It was very interesting to hear what Locke had to say because it was so very different from the others. Most of the other philosophers thought that power and government came from above and that the larger community was more important than the individual. I think I am a Locke fan. I think the individual is more important than the larger community, but I also believe that people choose to join a community because they want to feel safe; thus the community should listen to the concerns of the individuals and address them.

I am sorry for the brevity of my blog but I have a mid-term/prelim to study for. Wish me luck.

Until tomorrow, Over and Out blog readers.

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