Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, And Jean Jaques Rousseau Essay

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Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jaques Rousseau the first major modern political philosophers. They would write work through the enlighten period, that covered a span of 150 years. The three philosophers set the groundwork that is modern day political thought. All three philosophers pull ideas, from one another but none of them are the same. The evolution of this way of thinking lead to individual liberty, unalienable rights, natural equality, primacy of political content and the notion that we are capable of reason and thinking for ourselves. Thomas Hobbes the first modern political philosopher could be known as the radical one of the three. Hobbes approached through theorizing what humans would live without government, the state of humans without ordered is called the state of nature. Hobbes believed people were evil beings at nature that without a higher power (government) there would be no peace. This was formed from Hobbes belief that humans are violent and selfish in nature. Hobbes believed humans are all equal in reason and physicality. He believed humans had certain rights from birth that could not be taken away. Hobbes believed in a social contract between people which is the basis from going from the state of nature to a governed protected society. Hobbes did believe that justice is the law protecting society and he believed that if law was protecting the people, there should be no reason for rebellion under any circumstance. John Locke had completely…

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