John Locke And Thomas Hobbes ' Leviathan 's Political Ideology And View Of Human Nature

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John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government highly criticized Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan’s political ideology and view of human nature. The political philosophies of both John Locke and Thomas Hobbes, although similar in some ways are equally opposite. This paper will explore contrasting beliefs of both philosophers and critique John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government from a Hobbesian point of view.
It is important to note that Thomas Hobbes and John Locke were not born in the same time period. Due to this, their experiences were heavily influenced by their environment and is a reason why they never aligned which each other accurately. Hobbes view of human nature was shaped by the English civil war which caused him to believe that the life of men are “…poor, nasty, brutish, and short” (Hobbes, 70). On the other hand, John Locke participated with others, in the overthrow of a government and is further supporting that, when the government fails to do their job, the people can revolt and overthrow and replace the sovereign.
Hobbes ' Leviathan was published in 1651, in which he defined the state of nature to be one that has "…no propriety, no Dominion, no Mine and Thine distinct; but that [it will be] every man 's that he can get; and for so long as he can keep it." Hobbes has identified that human beings in the state of nature, has every man against each other based on the reasoning that every man has a Right to everything; even to one another 's body" (Hobbes, 71). In…

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