John Locke 's Views On Political Nature Essay

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John Locke (1632-1704) is another modern political philosopher who also had strong views on political nature, but differed from Hobbes. One of Locke’s main hopes through his writing is to destroy the idea of monarchial theory: “it is impossible that the rulers now on earth should make any benefit, or derive any the least shadow of authority from that, which is held to be the fountain of all power, Adam 's private dominion and paternal jurisdiction; so that he that will not give just occasion to think that all government in the world is the product only of force and violence, and that men live together by no other rules but that of beasts, where the strongest carries it, and so lay a foundation for perpetual disorder and mischief, tumult, sedition and rebellion, (things that the followers of that hypothesis so loudly cry out against) must of necessity find out another rise of government, another original of political power, and another way of designing and knowing the persons that have it, than what Sir Robert Filmer hath taught us”(Cahn, 2011, p. 450). His political theory then follows from this goal. To start he begins by stating that political power is not like other kinds of power; it is not master/servant or parent/child. It is: “A right of making laws and penalties of death, and consequently all less penalties for the regulating and preserving of property, and of employing the force of the community, in the execution of such laws, and in defense of the commonwealth from…

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