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  • Locke Hobbes and Rousseau

    Locke Hobbes and Rousseau

    Locke Hobbes and Rousseau During the late medieval and early modern periods, claims according to which political power originated from a pre-political, natural condition generally supported limitations on political power—which people would have required for renouncing their natural liberty. The great originality of Hobbes was to use a contract argument to establish absolute government. He accomplished this by depicting the state of nature in horrific terms, as a war of all against all, in which

    Essay Length: 428 Words / 2 Pages
    Submitted: February 6, 2010 By: Vika
  • Hobbes Locke and Rousseau

    Hobbes Locke and Rousseau

    THE GOOD FOR MAN The issue to found what is the good for man is a controversial issue. As many philosophers discussed this issue, in other words to find the definite Good, Aristotle thinks that “the good for man is politics.” Aristotle thinks so that the good can be defined as an “all things am” (1094a). According to him, to be able to reach a something, everybody should have a target, in this way

    Essay Length: 834 Words / 4 Pages
    Submitted: April 28, 2010 By: Jon
  • John Locke Vs. Thomas Hobbes

    John Locke Vs. Thomas Hobbes

    Thomas Hobbes and John Locke are two political philosophers who are famous for their theories about the formation of the society and discussing man in his natural state. Their theories are both psychologically insightful, but in nature, they are drastically different. Although they lived in the same timeframe, their ideas were derived from different events happening during this time. Hobbes drew his ideas on man from observation, during a time of civil strife in Europe

    Essay Length: 1,237 Words / 5 Pages
    Submitted: November 25, 2009 By: Monika
  • Locke Vs Hobbes

    Locke Vs Hobbes

    This paper relates that Thomas Hobbes and John Locke represent opposite ends of the spectrum of seventeenth century political philosophy. Written in 2005; 3,050 words; 9 sources; MLA; $ 89.95 Paper Summary: This paper explains that Thomas Hobbes, who believed that man was cruel and evil by nature, espoused the idea that only the firm grip of an absolute authority would be successful in governing a society of men; countering this extreme view, John Locke

    Essay Length: 408 Words / 2 Pages
    Submitted: December 13, 2009 By: Fonta
  • Locke and Hobbes

    Locke and Hobbes

    Locke and Hobbes Hobbes and Locke have very distinct views of man in a natural state. The two political philosophers hold several similarities but generally their ideas of men in this state, the state of nature, are drastically different. Locke sees men in a much more optimistic way than Hobbes. The Hobbesian state of nature is based on a much more negative view of human interaction. The contrast of their views of man in the

    Essay Length: 1,675 Words / 7 Pages
    Submitted: December 13, 2009 By: Top
  • Hobbes and Rousseau

    Hobbes and Rousseau

    Hobbes Hobbes did not hold his fellow man to a very high standard. According to Hobbes we naturally cause controversy in life through our competitiveness, our pride and the way we mistrust our fellow man.(Hobbes p.185) Therefore war is "necessarily consequent... to the naturall Passions of men, when there is no visible Power to keep them in awe, and tye them by feare." (Hobbes p.223) This form of power would be the way we could

    Essay Length: 954 Words / 4 Pages
    Submitted: December 21, 2009 By: Victor
  • Locke and Hobbes

    Locke and Hobbes

    Thesis: Based on my understanding, I advocate for Locke's theory of government to achieve and preserve peace because people have consent over the government through the process of representative versus Hobbes' theory of an absolute monarchy. I. Locke on Human Nature a. Men keep promises, naturally socially b. Peaceful c. Human beings driven by emotion and reason II. Locke on Reason a. Self-rule through reason b. Manage own affairs that's consistent with interest of others.

    Essay Length: 503 Words / 3 Pages
    Submitted: December 22, 2009 By: Fonta
  • Hobbes and Locke Outcome

    Hobbes and Locke Outcome

    Hobbes and Locke Outcome 2 . Thomas Hobbes was born in Wiltshire, England in 1588 just prior to the Spanish Armada. Philosophy is defined by Hobbes as the reasoned knowledge of effects from causes, and causes from effects. Hobbes was educated in Oxford where he learnt about the great classics and also of Aristotle, however Hobbes disliked Aristotle's approach that democracy was the best form of government. Hobbes spent many a year on the continent

    Essay Length: 327 Words / 2 Pages
    Submitted: December 26, 2009 By: Mike
  • Hobbes and Locke

    Hobbes and Locke

    For the political theorists Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau there came a point in history where people, in order to have security in their persons and maintain a standard quality of life, entered into a social contract with one another and established the first sovereign states. For both theorists the period before the institution of a social contract, what they call the "state of nature", is important in understanding what form this first government took

    Essay Length: 2,652 Words / 11 Pages
    Submitted: January 13, 2010 By: Victor
  • Hobbes Vs. Rousseau

    Hobbes Vs. Rousseau

    For one to be a good citizen, there are certain expectations a person must follow to achieve this goal. While many people have their own ideas of what makes a good citizen, there is little consensus to exactly what this would be. Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, in their books The Leviathan and The Social Contract, create a system of political governing where the citizen plays a certain role and has certain expectations to carry

    Essay Length: 2,287 Words / 10 Pages
    Submitted: February 9, 2010 By: Wendy
  • John Locke V Thomas Hobbes

    John Locke V Thomas Hobbes

    Locke and Hobbes both had detailed accounts as to what the state of nature is. I will start with Hobbes and what he felt the state of nature is made up of. Hobbes believed in defining the state of nature as what it is instead of what it ought to be. So he focused in on the nature of people and came to a very descriptive conclusion as to how survive in this particular state

    Essay Length: 1,775 Words / 8 Pages
    Submitted: February 16, 2010 By: Edward
  • John Locke and Thomas Hobbes

    John Locke and Thomas Hobbes

    John Locke and Thomas Hobbes were two important philosophers from the seventeenth century. The two were born nearly 50 years apart – Hobbes in 1588 and Locke in 1632 – and yet, they each managed to have a major impact on their time and our own. The philosophical viewpoints of Locke and Hobbes are, in most cases, in strict opposition of each other. There are certain points at which the theories of both men collide;

    Essay Length: 1,111 Words / 5 Pages
    Submitted: February 23, 2010 By: Anna
  • Distinction Between John Locke’s and Thomas Hobbs’ Theories

    Distinction Between John Locke’s and Thomas Hobbs’ Theories

    Locke and Hobbes had their own different theories about government and the right of humans. In 1651 Hobbes published Leviathan, a book in which he challenged the Social Contract concept of government. Hobbes believed that humans possessed individual rights that had to be sacrificed for the good of that state. Hobbes believed the force that would tame the natural anarchy of which was human nature, would be the unlimited power of the king. Hobbes

    Essay Length: 252 Words / 2 Pages
    Submitted: March 5, 2010 By: Edward
  • The State of Nature and Its Implications for Civilization in Hobbes and Rousseau

    The State of Nature and Its Implications for Civilization in Hobbes and Rousseau

    The State of Nature and its Implications for Civilization in Hobbes and Rousseau In his Leviathan Thomas Hobbes expresses a philosophy of civilization which is both practical and just and stems from a clear moral imperative. He begins with the assertion that in the state of nature man is condemned to live a life "solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short." It is in the interest of every man to rise above this "state of nature"

    Essay Length: 1,176 Words / 5 Pages
    Submitted: March 25, 2010 By: Jon
  • Hobbes and Rousseau

    Hobbes and Rousseau

    Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau developed theories on human nature and how men govern themselves. With the passing of time, political views on the philosophy of government gradually changed. Despite their differences, Hobbes and Rousseau, both became two of the most influential political theorists in the world. Their ideas and philosophies spread all over the world influencing the creation of many new governments. These theorists all recognize that people develop a social contract within their

    Essay Length: 1,486 Words / 6 Pages
    Submitted: April 20, 2010 By: Bred
  • Locke and Hobbes

    Locke and Hobbes

    Locke and Hobbes Both Locke and Hobbes wrote during the long era of the wars of religion that followed the protestant reformation, and both based their work on a theory of the "state of nature" i.e. the natural condition of men before the creation of the state. But Hobbes was a proponent of a powerful sovereign, capable above all of maintaining order, while Locke was the great philosopher of the limited state constrained by respect

    Essay Length: 455 Words / 2 Pages
    Submitted: May 3, 2011 By: yarodriguez
  • Hobbes Vs Locke

    Hobbes Vs Locke

    * Discuss the relevant differences between Hobbes’ and Locke’s accounts of the state of nature, and examine in particular each author's different ideas of natural law and how each understands individual rights in the state of nature. Whose depiction of the state of nature do you find more plausible? The state of nature is an important feature of the idea of a social contract and on political theory as a whole. In social contract theory,

    Essay Length: 2,254 Words / 10 Pages
    Submitted: November 11, 2015 By: Malcolm Higenyi
  • Thomas Hobbes and John Locke

    Thomas Hobbes and John Locke

    Thomas Hobbes and John Locke both had extensive opinions on political philosophy, sharing some similar thoughts as well as some very contrasting ideas. Both Hobbes and Locke share similar opinions on natural rights, in that they both believe that every man is born with specific entitlements. They differ, however, in the extent and purpose of these natural rights in civil government. While they harmonize on the idea of a social contract, Hobbes believes that one

    Essay Length: 780 Words / 4 Pages
    Submitted: May 15, 2016 By: srl102001
  • Compared with Hobbes’ Contractarian Theory, in What Areas Locke’s Proposal Is Different, and Explain How Such Differences Possibly Imply?

    Compared with Hobbes’ Contractarian Theory, in What Areas Locke’s Proposal Is Different, and Explain How Such Differences Possibly Imply?

    2017-2018/II/G11 IB Phil/P-2 Preview Reading Worksheet Reading to be previewed: Lock, Second Treatise of Government, Ch.2, Ch.3, Ch.8. Note: please write your response directly on this worksheet (type your response on the blank space) and upload it to your personal file (preferably an independent file named “preview worksheet for optional theme”) in the Google Drive (affiliated to our class Gmail account). As usual, I shall mark and comment your worksheet directly by using Google Doc.

    Essay Length: 922 Words / 4 Pages
    Submitted: November 11, 2018 By: jklkn
  • Hobbes


    Hobbes No one has masterfully argued that people are essentially estranged as Thomas Hobes, the mordant and witty English philosopher. The natural human state, Hobbes maintained, is one of war "of every man, against every man." Where there is no strong central government "to overawe them all," then "men have no pleasure, but on the contrary a great deal of grief, in keeping company." Life in such a state, Hobbes asserted in one of the

    Essay Length: 1,298 Words / 6 Pages
    Submitted: November 8, 2009 By: Mike
  • Hobbes’ Political Philosophy

    Hobbes’ Political Philosophy

    Hobbes argues that the state of nature is a state of perpetual war of all against all and consequently, the life of man in the state of nature "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short" (xiii, 9). In this paper I will explain Hobbes' arguments that support his claim to the state of nature. I will also assess these arguments and state that they are not valid and, therefore, not sound. I will then talk about

    Essay Length: 1,095 Words / 5 Pages
    Submitted: November 10, 2009 By: Max
  • Thomas Hobbes’ Remedy For

    Thomas Hobbes’ Remedy For

    Thomas Hobbes begins Leviathan with Book 1: Of Man, in which he builds, layer by layer, a foundation for his eventual argument that the "natural condition" of man, or one without sovereign control, is one of continuous war, violence, death, and fear. Hobbes's depiction of this state is the most famous passage in Leviathan: [D]uring the time men live without a common Power to keep them all in awe, they are in a condition which

    Essay Length: 304 Words / 2 Pages
    Submitted: November 11, 2009 By: Mike
  • Rousseau's Contract Theory

    Rousseau's Contract Theory

    Rousseau’s The Social Contract Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s The Social Contract, or Principles of Political Right (1762) is an analysis of the contractual relationships which may be necessary for legitimate government, and is an explanation of how these relationships may combine principles of justice and utility. Rousseau argues that civil society is based on a contractual arrangement of rights and duties which applies equally to all people, whereby natural liberty is exchanged for civil liberty, and whereby

    Essay Length: 1,779 Words / 8 Pages
    Submitted: November 11, 2009 By: Mikki
  • Locke’s Second Treatise of Government

    Locke’s Second Treatise of Government

    Locke's Second Treatise of Government, by far, is his most influential and important piece of writing. In it he set forth his theory of natural law and natural right. He shows that there does exist a rational purpose to government, and one need not rely on "mysticism and mystery." Against anarchy, Locke saw his job as one who must defend government as an institution. Locke's object was to insist not only that the public welfare

    Essay Length: 1,186 Words / 5 Pages
    Submitted: November 16, 2009 By: Bred
  • An Outline of Thomas Hobbes’ Social Contract

    An Outline of Thomas Hobbes’ Social Contract

    Outline Hobbes' theory on the social contract giving details on what he believed was needed to maintain it. I will attempt to answer this question by initially explaining what Hobbes' view on humanity was, since these views were what caused him to write his theory on the social contract, quote part of what he wrote regarding the subject and what it means in layman's terms What Hobbes believed: Thomas Hobbes, a 17th century British philosopher,

    Essay Length: 1,387 Words / 6 Pages
    Submitted: November 17, 2009 By: David

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