John Locke Fellow
John Locke Fellow membership conveys all the benefits of the Circle memberships, plus advance access to special event ticketing 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, the opportunity to designate one item for conservation, and a limited edition reprint of a special item from the collection. Finally, John Locke Fellows have the opportunity to enjoy lunch with the Executive Director, a briefing on Library activities, and the satisfaction of perpetuating a venerable institution.
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.