The Right Of Nature By John Locke Essay

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“The right of nature is the liberty each man hath to use his own power, as he will himself, for the preservation of his own nature; that is to say, of his own life.”-Thomas Hobbes… Two strong-minded social contract theorists concluded two different outlooks on several different topics, one main topic being the state of nature. John Locke feels as if peace is and should be the norm, we can and should be able to live in peace without having to worry about someone fondling with our property or belongings. Thomas Hobbes, on the other hand, feels like everyone isn’t going to agree that certain things are good or bad because that’s based on opinion. However, yes men can live together in peace but only with the use of a common master with a higher power. So which theorist justifications are more plausible?
One difference in the two is that Locke believes in the power of natural rights and feels that they shouldn’t be fraternized with, controlled or taken away from us without probable cause. He feels like people know right from wrong for the most part and know the difference between what’s theirs and what’s someone else’s. Hobbes, on the other hand, believes that in a state of nature people wouldn’t be able to depict what’s theirs from someone else’s. And that property exists only by the will of the state leading on to conclude that in a state of nature men are condemned to an endless violent conflict. Resulting in the use of a group of some sort or one person who will be the…

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