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John Locke (1632-1704) was a British empiricist philosopher, Oxford academic and medical researcher.
Locke is probably best known for his anti-authoritarian, humanist political philosophy, which inspired the American revolutionary ideology.
Locke's epistemology was partly a response to Descartes' insistence upon the rationalist supremacy of innate ideas. Locke countered with the concept of the tabula rasa – the mind as a blank slate that is writ upon by experience.