Fictional Letter from John Locke to Jack Hobbs-the Change in Perspective About Human Nature

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The interesting letter Marked as the beginning of new thinking about human nature/ After finish my studying at Grand Valley, I started my career as a young historian in Britain. I am always interested in researching about historic events and the development of new philosophy in the seventeenth century. Because in that the period, there were a lot of changes in the Western society. Civil warfare occurring in England, Netherlands…were the evidence of the change in human’s thought. Being fascinated about this term, I spend much of the times searching for important documents in British Library. One day, my good luck came. I have just discovered a priceless letter of John Locke (1632-1704), one of the most famous English political theorists, writing to another philosopher, Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), toward the end of the older man’s life. In his letter, Locke stated some of his interesting idea: describing man’s natural state and how the ideal relationship between sovereign and its subjects would be in argument with Hobbes’s opinion, which was written in his Leviathan. Here are some of my favourite parts in that letter. “Dear Mr Hobbs of Malmsbury, I am John Locke comes from Wrington, Somerset. I write this letter to you because I have some confusing idea and would like to receive your response for my questions about some of the idea that you stated before in your Leviathan; all of my questions are all about the society which we are living in… At first, I want to talk about how we describe human nature. According to your ideas, the lives of individuals in the state of nature were “solidarity, poor, nasty, brutish and short” (Lualdi 54). The natural life was ‘anarchic’. If there were not sovereigns, the society would be full of fights and conflicts. Because all humans were naturally selfish and wicked, withou a strong government to keep order, there would be “wars

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