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Hobbes Social Contract Theory Essay

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Everyone looks at the work of a philosopher and is confused at first, but if you really look at that piece of work you would understand it.
Thomas Hobbes was an English philosopher from the 17th century who in now considered one of the greatest political philosophers. Hobbes is best known for his elaborate and early development of the social contract theory. The social contract theory is “the method of justifying political principles or arrangements by appeal to the agreement that would be made suitably situated rational, free and equal persons.” (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) In other words it is a rational agreement between men. Hobbes is notorious for using this theory to come to the conclusion that man should give in to the command of an absolute power.
One of Thomas Hobbes’ most famous works is Leviathan. In Leviathan Chapter 13, Hobbes covers five points about the nature of man.
1. Nature has made man equal. One man may be stronger or smarter, but he difference can be made up somehow. The weakest could build up enough strength to get rid of or kill the other by using a...

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  • Explains that nature has made man equal. one man may be stronger or smarter, but he difference can be made up somehow. the weakest could build up enough strength to get rid of or kill the other by using a secret conspiracy.
  • Explains that if two men want something only one can have, they become enemies and attempt to destroy or subdue one another. a person who only fears the powers of another man will work with a group to take his possessions and his life or liberty.
  • Explains that distrust causes every man to live in fear of one another. without the common power, everyone is at war with everyone. there would be no industry, commerce, arts, building, society, or education.
  • Analyzes how hobbes questions man's ability to invade and destroy each other. he locks his doors and chests when he knows there are laws and public officers that will do something if an incident occurred.
  • Explains that thomas hobbes was an english philosopher from the 17th century who in now considered one of the greatest political philosophers.
  • Analyzes how thomas hobbes examines the life of man that formerly lived in a peaceful government.
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