- "To understand political power right, and derive it from the original, we must consider what state all men are naturally in, that is, a state of perfect freedom to order their actions and dispose of their possessions and persons, as they think fit, within the bounds of law and nature, without asking leave, or depending upon the will of any other man."
- ―John Locke in Two Treatises of Government, 1689.[src]
John Locke (29 August 1632 – 28 October 1704) was an English philosopher and physician, regarded as the "Father of Classical liberalism". He wrote several notable political works, such as Two Treatises of Government. The Templars used and influenced his works to make philosophy and rationalism flourish in society to advance the Order's goals.