Essay on John Locke 's Views On Human Rights

1051 Words Nov 20th, 2015 5 Pages
Human rights are universal, indivisible, and interdependent. Generally, human rights are what differentiates us from other mammals or other living creatures; we consciously think before acting. During the enlightenment era there were many philosophers who had different perspectives on our natural rights , John Locke believed that people have the right to life, liberty, and property,Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and believes that all men were created equally with the right to govern, and Mary Wollstonecraft believed that women played the same role in a society as men do and should not be underestimated of their abilities. These three philosophers have definitely influenced our society today and have changed my view and beliefs on human rights overall.

First off, John Locke a philosopher and a physician who expressed the radical view that government is morally obliged to serve people, namely by protecting life, liberty, and property because these are natural rights which we have been born with. He believes that the natural law of man is not under the authority of man but ruled by the Laws of Nature and Men are born free and equal in the state of nature. Therefore no one has the natural right to infringe upon other 's rights and property. He explains the principle of checks and balances to limit government power and that no one person is above or superior to another person. He also insisted that when the government violates individual rights, people…

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