John Locke 's View On The State Of Nature Essay

761 Words Feb 15th, 2016 4 Pages
Imagine a life where there was no form of government and you were free to do whatever you would like. The first word that comes to my mind is chaos. Freedom is easily abused and everyone would have the mindset of taking care of themselves before anyone. Can the human race survive that? In this paper I will discuss two philosophers, Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, and their views on the state of nature. I will argue that John Locke’s view is not realistic, even though it’s ideally what I want for society and show reasons why I agree more with Thomas Hobbes.
I will begin by discussing John Locke’s view on the state of nature first. According to Locke the state of nature is a state of equality in which no on has power over another and everyone is free to do as they please. He is quick to mention that this freedom doesn’t allow people to harm each other and that there is a natural law in the state of nature, The natural law can demand punishment for crimes, because according to Locke, it will discourage the offender before they can repeat it, (Locke Chapter 2, sect. 7). In chapter nine Locke talks about how he can see why people would want to give up their natural freedom for society, because it offers more protection for people’s lives, liberties and property. The state of nature of course lacks all these and if this is what people want they have to be willing to give up their natural rights.
In this section, I will explain Thomas Hobbes’ view on the state of nature. The way…

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