Similarities Between John Locke And Jean Jaques Rousseau

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Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jaques Rousseau the first major modern political philosophers. They would write work through the enlighten period, that covered a span of 150 years. The three philosophers set the groundwork that is modern day political thought. All three philosophers pull ideas, from one another but none of them are the same. The evolution of this way of thinking lead to individual liberty, unalienable rights, natural equality, primacy of political content and the notion that we are capable of reason and thinking for ourselves. Thomas Hobbes the first modern political philosopher could be known as the radical one of the three. Hobbes approached through theorizing what humans would live without government, the state of humans without ordered is called the state of nature. Hobbes believed people were evil beings at nature that without a higher power (government) there would be no peace. This was formed from Hobbes belief that humans are violent and selfish in nature. Hobbes believed humans are all equal in reason and physicality. He believed humans had …show more content…
Rousseau says the source of insecurity is property, its where greed, selfishness and a vicious nature comes from. The reason for government is to protect the people of society. Locke believed justice and law to be the same thing; he felt the “general will” determined justice. This meant he believed in justice by the people, that the overwhelming majority could change the state of government anytime they please. The people have the control over the state and what happens to them, this is the first time this kind of concept of complete freedom comes about this differs from Hobbes and Locke’s views. The people or person in power had no choice but comply with the general will. The concept of property was really the basis for Rousseau’s

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