John Locke Fellow
John Locke Fellow membership conveys all the benefits of the Circle memberships, plus use of the Ross Fellows Room and invitations to exclusive Fellows events. Fellows members also enjoy reciprocal privileges at our sister membership libraries. Additionally, they receive two gift memberships to be sent to recipients of their choice, an invitation to the annual Library Society Gala, the opportunity to attend private collection studies and receptions, and a facsimile edition of the manuscript of John Locke's Fundamental Constitutions of the Carolinas.
John Locke (1632-1704) was the foremost English philosopher of the 17th century. His work was founded in the humanism of his day- the writings of Erasmus, Hobbes, and Spinoza- but surpassed them all, and in so doing created modern liberal theory. Locke’s liberalism ushered in the Enlightenment, and his philosophy was the intellectual underpinning of the American Revolution. In 1669, while serving as secretary for Lord Anthony Ashley Cooper, Locke co-wrote the Fundamental Constitutions of the Carolinas, a largely liberal framework for governing the new colony. An original manuscript copy of the Fundamental Constitutions of the Carolinas is in the possession of the Society, and is perhaps its single greatest treasure.