Liberalism key thinkers

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  • Created on: 18-03-16 18:36

John Locke


  • he pre-dates the term 'liberal' and is therefore better known as the father of 'whig' philosophy
  • he was involved in the Glorious Revolution of 1688 that established the sovereignty of parliament over law-making


  • believed that government had to be established by consent, respect the natural rights of its citizens and govern according to natural laws
  • no government could claim its legitmacy from God or nature, the only political authority for rulers could come from the people
  • such governments must be limited and must respect people's natural rights
  • he identified such


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