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By Zhuang Zi

Zhuangzi (about BC 369 --BC 286) is a thinker in Warring States interval. His kinfolk identify is Chuang, referred to as Zhou, Han, Meng (now Anhui Mengcheng county) in music. He as soon as labored as a legitimate in Qiyuan. Zhuangzi is the good philosopher, thinker and author in pre-Qin (Warring States) interval, and the most founding father of Taoism. He and Lao Tzu--the ancestor of Taoism, are referred to as "" Lao Zhuang"".

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Before then, he was obscure and unpublished, and for some years an exile; afterwards, he was famous and prolific. In his annus mirabilis, 1689, he published his cardinal work of epistemology, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, his epitome of the Whig theory of liberty and revolution, Two Treatises of Government, and his critique of religious coercion, A Letter Concerning Toleration. He was a child of the Reformation and a progenitor of the Enlightenment. 1 Early Years, 1632–1652 Locke was born in Wrington and brought up in nearby Pensford, a village six miles south of Bristol.

When Charles II’s successor, James II, used mandates to intrude Roman Catholics, they would be regarded as outrageous acts of arbitrary power. The king’s action on Locke’s behalf may simply have been at the latter’s request, but it is suggestive of the Court seeking recruits for royal service, for that is the path upon which Locke now embarked. In 1665–1666 he served as secretary to an embassy to Cleves, a German city near the Dutch border, on a mission to ensure the Elector of Brandenburg’s benign neutrality during England’s second commercial war against the Dutch.

London: Printed by J. H. for Henry Mortlock at the Phœnix in S Paul’s Church-yard. Woolhouse, R. (2007) Locke: A Biography. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 23 Part I Life and Background 1 Locke’s Life MARK GOLDIE When John Locke was born, in 1632, England’s universities were dominated by Scholastic Aristotelianism, its authors obliged to submit their books to censors, its people ruled by a monarch who had ceased to call parliaments, and its worshippers punished if they did not conform to the established Church.

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