Compare And Contrast Hobbes And Locke

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Thomas Hobbes and John Locke are two of the most premier English Political Theorists of the 17th century. With the nature of government at the heart of both Philosophers ' most important accounts, Hobbes and Locke both began their government views with separate ideas of a state of nature, or a pre-political, society. Eventually transitioning into two differing views of an acceptable form of government within a society, Thomas Hobbes and John Locke ended their philosophical "careers" with different views of what a government should look like. The views that Hobbes and Locke had at the beginning of their philosophical path were similar during the beginning stages, but as the thinkers moved through the needs of a high-functioning society, they…show more content…
Locke 's social contract zeroes in on the idea that people are individuals, and they should be in control of their conflict, life and especially their property. Locke firmly believes that humans have natural rights and that the government is simply there to protect their "life, liberty and property" (Alex Tuckness, 2005).
In comparison to Thomas Hobbes, John Locke had a very optimistic view of human beings as a whole. Locke believed that if humans were given the proper tools and the right information, they could govern themselves without a freestanding government. Locke believed that man had the natural ability to be good and do good things while learning from their experiences and interactions with the people around them. John Locke used his theory of the state of nature to develop his social contract as he relays the idea that the government is solely there to protect the people and their property, not necessarily control their actions. In the eyes of Locke, the appropriate amount of government is minimal, focusing mainly on the protection of the lives and the property of the men in the society and straying away from giving the government too much power over the people. In contrast to Hobbes, Locke believes that if the majority of people are unhappy with the role of the government, they should have the power to overthrow that authoritative figure to meet best the needs of

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