‘Life’ provides an overview of how Locke's experiences shaped his philosophy. Locke studied medicine at Oxford, and was later able to bring his scientific background to bear on the philosophy of Descartes and Gassendi. His association with the Earl of Shaftesbury brought him into politics and sparked his interest in religious toleration and the nature of political legitimacy. Locke's commitment to philosophical understanding increased after his exile to the Netherlands. There he strove to create a culture of shared religious good intentions and explain what men can know. Although his work failed to create the culture he intended, the Enlightenment can be seen as his intellectual legacy.