John Locke And Thomas Hobbes Analysis

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John Locke and Thomas Hobbes are two philosophers who are well-known for their theories about the improvement of society and debating man in his natural state. John Locke, and Thomas Hobbes, had very different opinions on people and on politics. John Locke believed that men were born free, are generally peaceful beings, and that they were capable of co-operative decision-making to guarantee keeping their natural rights to life, freedom, and especially property. Thomas Hobbes on the other hand believed that men were selfish, were often at war with each other, and that they needed an absolute supreme to maintain their natural rights, especially their right to life. Their philosophies are both mentally understanding, but in nature, they are hugely …show more content…
Hobbes wrote "during the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war; and such a war as is of every man against every man" and “the life of man, solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short”. Even during Hobbes time in the 1640s and 1650s, there were no large states, just small villages. Did people fall into disorder? No. They lived in nature. Even with someone in charge (King Charles I) he couldn’t keep everything in nature his mistakes even got him beheaded. Hobbes thought of men cannot know good and evil, and in consequence can only live in peace together by subjection to the absolute power of a common master and it is true that its wrong because native Americans without a government still lived in harmony and were in peace with each …show more content…
Look at the states even their government is falling down the crime rates is raising at 4.4%. The way Hobbes put all his trust with the government is not always right many countries even with a leader is still developing and most of them are in war. Hobbes theory about human nature and society can be related to the situation between America and Iraq. The United States is claiming that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction and wants them to deactivate the weapons immediately. Iraq disagrees with the claim. The United States has distributed a demand: Iraq must disassemble the weapons or else the United States will invade Iraq and deactivate the weapons themselves. There is a tie between the two sides and unless a resolution can be reached quickly, war is certain and about to happen. Two leaders and no peace. Locke and Hobbes were really opposites and the way they were raised gave them these theories. Hobbes theory was too negative about man and was to bias about how a leader is the only way to peace and how freedom of speech will get you killed. Hobbes theory was just not functional in today’s world compared to Locke’s and even back then. Overall leaving Locke’s theory as the better and most reasonable

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