Locke And Hobbes


The formation of government is one of the central themes for both Hobbes and Locke. Whether or not men naturally form a government, or must form a government, is based on man’s basic nature. According to Hobbes, a government must be formed to preserve life and prevent loss of property. According to Locke, a government arises to protect life and property. Governments are born of inequality and formed to administer equality.
Hobbes goes into a lot of detail concerning man’s interactions with one another including ways in which man can seek to live "together in Peace, and Unity" (page 69). However, Hobbes focuses on the interactions of man seeking the same goal. In any system of ...

Want to read the rest of this paper?
Join Essayworld today to view this entire essay
and over 50,000 other term papers

of themselves as leaders, the "Men that have a strong opinion of their own wisdome in matter of government, are disposed to Ambition" (page 72).
According to Hobbes "Nature hath made men so equall, in the faculties of body, and mind; as that though there bee found one man sometimes manifestly stronger in body, or of quicker mind then another; yet when all is reckoned together, the difference between man, and man, is not so considerable" (page 86-87). Furthermore man tend to see himself as wisest in matters, whether or not others may do things better, and that there is no great sign of equal distribution, "than that every man is contended with his share" (page 87).
Hobbes and Locke consider the formation of government from man’s own nature, whether or not government is formed because man is a social animal or if government is formed to preserve society. According to Locke, man must not "think that all government in the world is the product only ...

Get instant access to over 50,000 essays.
Write better papers. Get better grades.


Already a member? Login

joined to it something that is his own, and thereby makes it his property" (page 18). Therefore, everything belongs to mankind in general, until a man decides to take it upon himself to acquire something from its pure state in nature, and since he has to work to achieve this, the fruits of the labor are his.

Locke also believes that if somebody takes more than he can use, and it spoils, or if somebody takes more land than he can cultivate, or if somebody allows crops to whither without being picked, they are committing crimes against humanity. However if somebody takes an acre of land, and by planting on it and harvesting the crop produces the same amount of food that can ...

Succeed in your coursework without stepping into a library.
Get access to a growing library of notes, book reports,
and research papers in 2 minutes or less.


CITE THIS PAGE:

Locke And Hobbes. (2004, August 1). Retrieved June 19, 2018, from http://www.essayworld.com/essays/Locke-And-Hobbes/11925
"Locke And Hobbes." Essayworld.com. Essayworld.com, 1 Aug. 2004. Web. 19 Jun. 2018. <http://www.essayworld.com/essays/Locke-And-Hobbes/11925>
"Locke And Hobbes." Essayworld.com. August 1, 2004. Accessed June 19, 2018. http://www.essayworld.com/essays/Locke-And-Hobbes/11925.
"Locke And Hobbes." Essayworld.com. August 1, 2004. Accessed June 19, 2018. http://www.essayworld.com/essays/Locke-And-Hobbes/11925.
JOIN NOW
Join today and get instant access to this and 50,000+ other essays


PAPER DETAILS
Added: 8/1/2004 05:40:47 AM
Category: English
Type: Premium Paper
Words: 1295
Pages: 5

Save | Report

SHARE THIS PAPER

SAVED ESSAYS
Save and find your favorite essays easier

SIMILAR ESSAYS
» Theories of Locke and Hobbes
» The Theories Of Hobbes And Lock...
» The Ideas Of Government Held By...
» Compare and Contrast John Locke...
» John Locke And John Stuart Mill...
» The Scientific Revolution & The...
» Reviving The Death Penalty
» Freedom
» The Beliefs Of John Locke And T...
» Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau
Copyright | Cancel | Contact Us

Copyright © 2018 Essayworld. All rights reserved