The Writing Of Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince And Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

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In this essay I will be discussing the similarities and differences discovered in the writing of Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince and Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan. Primarily, I will begin by explaining each of the authors approaches to obtaining and maintaining political stability; I will then identify the differences in their approaches. Secondly, I will discuss and compare each of their ideologies concerning humanity and then I will be highlighting their commonalities on the subject. Lastly, a conclusion will be provided consisting of my opinion.
Thomas Hobbes notes, “The Passions that encline men to Peace, are Feare of Death; Desire of such things as are necessary to commodious living; and a Hope by their Industry to obtain them” ([1654] 2009). Ultimately suggesting, that men agree to collaboratively develop a social contract one in which agrees to the laying down of one’s individual rights and to enlist an absolute ruler who will be responsible for creating laws and supervising the conduct of man as long as they are guaranteed security and provided with the opportunity to prosper. This is particularly important because laws and authority will discourage behaviors, ideologies and feelings demonstrated and expressed while in the state of nature; behaviors such as “man against every man” (Hobbes, [1654] 2009). A Leviathan sovereign in essence will encourage a peaceful civilization as well as internal political stability through enforcing honesty and loyalty amongst its citizens…

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