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  • Plato, Alexis De Tocqueville And Frederick Douglass

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    this correlation, others did not, and some even stray form it. Three such men were Plato, Alexis de Tocqueville and Frederick Douglass. In Plato’s Republic, we receive the sense that Plato was not trying to create a democratic society, but a just and efficient one. In such society, Plato constructed three such ‘classes’ to categorize his citizens. The political elite consisting of the fewest amount individuals would be on top, and would be known as ‘The Guardians’, next, the military forces, or Auxiliaries

  • John Locke and Thomas Hobbes

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    fundamentally different methods of proper civil governance. Locke argues that the correct form of civil government should be concerned with the common good of the people, and defend the citizenry’s rights to life, health, liberty, and personal possessions. Hobbes argues that the proper form of civil government must have an overarching ruler governing the people in order to avoid the state of war. I agree with Locke’s argument because it is necessary for a civil government to properly care for its citizens

  • Analysis Of John Locke's The Leviathan

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    As John Locke outlines in his work Second Treatise on Civil Government, the interests of people often intersect in such a manner that they find it to be advantageous to work together and form a society. In The Leviathan, however, Thomas Hobbes presents a view of the world that relies heavily on belief in the irrationality and illogicality of human nature when making decisions. Locke’s theories create a fully functional and peaceful society because they provide for the individual rights and responsibilities

  • John Locke's Second Treatise on Civil Government

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    Locke's The Second Treatise of Civil Government: The Significance of Reason The significance of reason is discussed both in John Locke's, The Second Treatise of Civil Government, and in Jean-Jacques Rousseau's, Emile. However, the definitions that both authors give to the word “reason” vary significantly. I will now attempt to compare the different meanings that each man considered to be the accurate definition of reason. John Locke believed that the state “all men are naturally in ... is a state

  • Discussion WK11

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    Glossary of Terms 1. Civil Society, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary (n.d.), is “a community of citizens linked by common interests and collective activity.” Similarly, the World Bank (2011) describes civil society as “a wide array of non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations that have a presence in public life, expressing the interests and values of their members or others, based on ethical, cultural, political, scientific, religious or philanthropic considerations.” The descriptions

  • The Natural Ways of Locke, Hobbes, and Rousseau

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    In today’s society, human nature is a commonly used term. On the other hand, there is not just one concept of human nature, but rather a plethora of concepts surrounding the idea. With the rise of capitalism, social structure is reformed; it is during this rise in the early seventeenth and eighteenth century, that John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau introduce their varying opinions surrounding man in nature. The western philosophers mainly concern themselves with the concept of the

  • Socialism And Socialism

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    that competiveness is a part of human nature and a whole society cannot be content being equal to everyone else. At least one person will always want more than their neighbor and strive for greater material wealth to provide for their families and themselves. Although leveling can absolutely be considered dangerous to a democratic society, things will always regress to the mean and in this instance that means that there will be a society made up of the impoverished, a middle class, and the elites

  • Political Freedom: Arendt and de Tocqueville

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    initial ingredient of civil equality. Civil equality is the absence of social divisions and barriers. The necessity of equality then leads to individuals and the deconstruction of community bonds. This occurs because the presence of community requires separate social classes and dependencies based on the class relations. De Tocqueville says, "…equality places men side by side, unconnected by any common tie…" (de Tocqueville 194). Individuals' needs and desires in society evolve into individualism

  • Absolute Government Essay

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    is at odds with the idea of a civil society since it is illogical to think that people would consent to be governed by a government that is worse than the state of nature. A society in which the government is above or outside the law remains in a state of nature because there is no security against violence and oppression. Therefore, this exercise of arbitrary power again puts the absolute government in a state of war against its people because, as Locke writes: He who attempts to get another man

  • Globalization And Globalization

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    article Prempeh tries to interrogates the grassroots counter hegemonic process of "globalization-from-below," as captured in the work of Richard Falk, and questions the extent to which this process incorporates the marginalized voices in African civil society. We see that according to him globalization has an uneven nature that has motivated resistance and political counter movements aimed at challenging its alienating practices, its silencing of the voices of the people, and its undemocratic or even