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Comparing And Contrasting Thomas Hobbes And John Locke

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Comparing and Contrasting Thomas Hobbes and John LockeThomas Hobbes and John Locke were two of the great political theorists of their time. They both provided wonderful philosophical texts on how our government should govern us. This paper will show the largest differences and some of the similarities between Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan and John Locke's Second Treatise on Civil Government. Although they do have some similarities, Hobbes and Locke have different views on most of their political arguments, and I will expand on their differences on the state of nature, government, and social contract.Hobbes' view of the state of nature and Locke's view of the state of nature offer remarkable ...view middle of the document...

The sovereign establishes all the laws, and has complete legislative, judicial, and executive authority.Locke's view of government is very different from Hobbes'. Locke believes people should have a say in government, and Hobbes would disagree with this statement. Hobbes believes that the sovereign should own all the land, but Locke believes that property is private--God gave us this property, and we should use and enjoy it. Locke is also a supporter of the market economy. He believes that when one invests his own labor, whatever he makes should become his own private property.Government is very much linked with Hobbes' and Locke's views on social contract. Social contract binds the people and the government together. Hobbes thinks that citizens should relinquish all of their rights to the sovereign, because the sovereign knows what is best for them. Theoretically, in Hobbes' view, there actually is no contract, because the citizens have no rights. His view of social contract is more like a covenant. The only time the citizens can say "no" to a sovereign is when the sovereign threatens self-preservation. For example, citizens may be interrogated for a crime, but they do not have to confess.Locke's view of social contract is fundamentally different from that of Hobbes--his view is not as well defined. Locke believes a social contract is an agreement made between citizens who institute a government to prevent people from occasionally violating the natural laws. Locke believes the contract between the people and the government should be conditional. For the government to have the obedience and loyalty of the citizens, the government...

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