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Thomas Hobbes - Online Term Paper

Thomas Hobbes


by Brent Monroe Pergram
The reason wants the transfer of power to a sovereign by social contract is because he does not trust the individual to treat people equally in nature, because people are by nature self interested men out for themselves at the expense of others.
Men have to form a social contract in order to get peace and security, and contract together to appoint an all-powerful sovereign, who would be in a position to compel them to do these things. Therefore based
on Hobbes's view of human nature, it would be sensible to appoint such a sovereign.
in Leviathan, pushes the belief that
government is based on the consent of people, and not on the devine right of monarchs. That ...

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given to government in the social contract, the person would use the power to oppress others. He felt that men must mutually consent to the contract in order to create
government giving up their powers in the state of nature to ensure peace and security from the state of war of having no social contract.
In Leviathan Hobbes does not see government interfering in the life of men who obey the laws believing that people should have the liberty:"...to buy and sell and otherwise contract with one another; to choose their own abode, their own diet,
their own trade of life, and institute their children as they themselves think fit; and the like." Hobbes first two laws of nature that is the basis of civil order is first "to seek peace and follow it" and second to lay down one's natural rights to all things to achieve peace. That simply means that peace can only be found by giving up one's natural rights and mutually concenting to give such rights to the
government.(Leviathan,Ch14) ...

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Added: 1/13/2005 08:34:25 PM
Category: Biographies
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