Review Questions – Locke and Rousseau
Please answer the following True or False. Please support your answer. •
For Rousseau, a family is a natural institution
Answer: Does Rousseau make this claim? What claim does Rousseau make about a family? Critically evaluate Rousseau’s claim about a family. •
To justify the existence of a state Rousseau used the slogan: Might is Right. What does Rousseau say about the relationship of a state and force? Critically evaluate Rousseau’s claim. •
For Rousseau, a sovereign is an independent state.
Answer: What is a sovereign? What is a state? Critically evaluate Rousseau’s theory of a sovereign. •
Rousseau argues that since subjects created a sovereign, they (the subjects) have a right to disobey it. Answer: What is a subject? Critically evaluate the relationship of a subject to the sovereign in Rousseau’s philosophy. •
In Rousseau’s society, individuals can delegate their legislative power. This delegation of legislative power allows individuals to specialize in different activities. Answer: Can individuals delegate their legislative power in Rousseau’s philosophy? Critically evaluate the relationship of individuals to the sovereign. •
God does not play any role in John Locke’s political philosophy. Answer: Does God play any role in John Locke’s philosophy? Critically evaluate the role of God in Locke’s political philosophy. •
John Locke believed that the nature of human being changes with changing social conditions. Answer: What is the nature of human being in Locke? Is it constant or is it changing? Critically evaluate the nature of human being in Locke.
The role of a Lockean liberal state is to ensure economic well being of its members through welfare programs. Answer: What is the role of a Lockean state? Critically evaluate this role. •
John Locke believed that absolute monarchy was an ideal state. Answer: Is an absolute monarchy consistent with Locke’s political philosophy? What kind of a state did he advocate for...
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