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Hobbes The Absolutist Answer

Thomas Hobbes’ book, Leviathan and Henry David Thoreau’s essay, Resistance to Civil Government could not be more opposed when it comes to looking at the social contract from a political philosophy viewpoint. On the one hand, Hobbes maintains that humanity’s utmost obligation is to submit oneself to the authority of the sovereign state. Thoreau, on the other hand, argues that under specific circumstances, it is humanity’s duty is to resist the state. This paper will argue that Hobbes does not succeed...

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Absolutist and Constitutional Systems

During the sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe was going through very hard times. Some of the European nation was developing an absolutist system which is “a system of government in which the ruler claims sole and uncontestable power.” (Hunt 483) and some of the European nation was developing a constitutional system which is “a system in which the ruler shares power with an assembly of elected representatives.” (Hunt 484) Absolutism and constitutionalism faced huge competition with each other...

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Thomas Hobbes

Hobbes Human nature since the beginning of time has been to fight for control over things someone found useful . To “control” something that would make yourself powerful or even god-like. Most have tried by force , fear and even love to control various things from land and weapons and even smaller things like rice and water . It has taken figures with strong mentalitys to pause the everyday fight for key essentials to focus and sometimes even dedicate their life to the humans and...

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Machiavelli and Hobbes

Machiavelli and Hobbes To be successful, one must have the appearance of virtuousness, but not necessarily be virtuous. At least, this appears to be true according to Niccolo Machiavelli's works. Machiavelli's idea of the virtuous republican citizen may be compared to Hobbes' idea of a person who properly understands the nature and basis of sovereign political power. Hobbes' ideas seem to suggest that most anyone can claim rightful authority as there is a belief in God, and one can under Hobbes, claim...

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Rousseau and Hobbes

of nature by Hobbes and Rousseau and how these portrayals are reflected in their political theories. Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau were philosophers of the mid 17th and mid 18th centuries respectively and proposed two political theories - in “Leviathan” (Hobbes, 1651), “The Second Discourse” (Rousseau, 1755) and the “Social Contract” (Rousseau, 1762) - that were very different but that once analysed, could be argued to have common characteristics and goals. Both Hobbes and Rousseau...

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A Comparison of Two Social Contract Theorists: Locke and Hobbes

Locke and Hobbes were both social contract theorists, and both natural law theorists (Natural law in the sense of Saint Thomas Aquinas, not Natural law in the sense of Newton), but there the resemblance ends. All other natural law theorists assumed that man was by nature a social animal. Hobbes assumed otherwise, thus his conclusions are strikingly different from those of other natural law theorists. In addition to his unconventional conclusions about natural law, Hobbes was fairly infamous for...

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Hobbes, Hume and Human Nature

Hobbes, Hume and Human Nature The essence of human nature has been questioned time and time again throughout history. Because of this uncertainty many have theorized about what the essence or driving force might be. These thoughts were so influential and believed to be so true, that they were interpreted into political documents. David Hume (1711-1776) and Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) were two very influential people in regards to human nature. Thomas Hobbes felt more negatively than David Hume...

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Hobbes vs. Rousseau

Hobbes vs. Rousseau Drug abuse is obviously a huge issue in our country, but how would Hobbes and Rousseau’s opinions differ on it? Hobbes talks about individual self interests and punishment. Rousseau talks about education and socialization. The both believe however that the sovereign should decide these laws Hobbes’ law of nature can be summarized as a general rule discovered by reason that forbids a person from doing anything destructive to his own life and gives her the right of self-preservation...

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The Answer Is No

The Answer Is No From centuries to centuries the role of women has been predominantly subordinate to the role of men. Men have been known to be superior in both physical and mental levels. They are also most likely to have an "upper hand" in situations based on their gender. An example of such situation is taken place in "The Answer Is No", written by Naguib Mahfouz. This story has a considerable amount of sexual politics. On one side you have a women who is powerless and feels trapped because of...

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Absolutist Rule: the Compass leading to Mid-Millennial Prosperity

James Marty History 242; Section 8 1 February 2013 Absolutist Rule: the Compass leading to Mid-Millennial Prosperity Do people fear one another and live in a perpetual state of struggle and rivalry (Hobbes, 138)? France sure did seem to think so after having been a continual warzone for civil anarchists during the latter half of the sixteenth century (Bodin, 133). According to formidable writers of the time, such as Jean Bodin and Thomas Hobbes, the ability to maintain order in society required...

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