John Locke & Thomeas Hobbes Comparison Draft

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Marcos Galan Jr. 2/16/12 My Comparison Between John Locke & Thomas Hobbes Thomas Hobbes and John Locke were two of the utmost political and philosophical theorists of their time and ours. Both philosophers each provide marvelous philosophical texts on how our government should govern us. Both contributed their ideas to the Enlightenment and made an impact all over the world. John Locke’s ideas influenced the United States Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers while Thomas Hobbes’s ideas refuted England’s parliament. Notions like these have sculpted governments throughout history and still hold true in our current times. Most of their ideas are demonstrated in their most popular writings: Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes and the Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke. Their political & philosophical writings are what caused them to become very famous as of today. The main objective of this paper is to demonstrate the greatest differences and some of the similarities between Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes and the Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke expand on their views on the state of nature, government, and social contract and finally come up with an evaluation of which I prefer to agree more with. From my readings in books and articles, I notice that John Locke and Thomas Hobbes have complete different strong views when they express their thoughts on many political and social subjects like the social contract theory. However, they do have some very little notable similarities in their bases of their views in human nature. One example is that both Thomas Hobbes and John Locke agrees that a social contract would be necessary which defines as something that would establish a contract between the people and some sort of ruler whether it be an absolute powerful monarchy or a form of democratic government with

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