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  • Natural Right Of Property
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    The basic elements in John Locke's political theory are natural rights, social contract, and government by consent, and right of revolution. Locke was very concerned with the "property right" and derived property right from higher law. He also declared that natural law remained valuable in civil society as the fundamental measure of men's rights. For him, natural law effectively begins and ends with the natural right of property. The true end of civil government is defending property and the rig...
  • Locke's Natural Rights
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    FREE AT LAST Through out the United States history there have been many innovators, philosophers, and trailblazers that have shaped the way America has come to be. One of the main factors in the formation of America has to be credited to the founding of the American Political thought derived from the minds of this nation's founding fathers. It was their ideas that influenced and shaped the thoughts on political matters emanated from European political philosophers. Thomas Hobbes and John Locke w...
  • Its Liberty By The Same Right
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    Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a fascinating individual whose unorthodox ideas and passionate prose caused a flurry of interest in 18th century France. Rousseau's greatest work were published in 1762 -The Social Contract. Rousseau society itself is an implicit agreement to live together for the good of everyone with individual equality and freedom. However, people have enslaved themselves by giving over their power to governments which are not truly sovereign because they do not promote the general w...
  • Hobbes's Interpretation Of The State Of Nature
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    "Whensoever a man his right, or renounce th it; it is either in consideration of some right reciprocally transferred to himself; or for some other good he hope th for thereby. For it is a voluntary act: and of the voluntary acts of every man, the object is some good to himself". (192) Proposed with the question of whether Thomas Hobbes's manifesto was written of "ought's" constructed upon; prudential, moral or ethical foundations it is the former that prevails through his writing. Hobbes spoke o...
  • Extern O Obligation Towards Peace
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    Thomas Hobbes: What Is The Difference Between Obligations In for inter no and In foro extern o, and When Do We Have Such Obligations? According to Thomas Hobbes, there are certain laws of nature which exist in the absence of an organized government. These laws are extremely cut throat, and place people in extremely dangerous situations where their lives are in danger. Government is the answer to this dangerous situation, but it is here that the question of obligation comes into question. Does on...
  • Social Contract The Subjects Liberty
    481 words
    Thomas Hobbes in his book Leviathan, during the course of his argument about the social contract we make to surrender our rights of nature a sovereign in exchange for order and peace touches the subject of liberty. Hobbes defines liberty as the absence of opposition (by opposition, I mean external impediments of motion). (Ch 21, p. 136). In his argument, Hobbes claims that this state of liberty is mans natural state in which man fully exercises his rights of nature. Hobbes claims that this state...
  • Natural Rights
    380 words
    Intrigued by the notions of inalienable rights, John Locke became known as a 17th century English philosopher of the enlightenment. Born on August 29, 1632, Locke possessed a good deal of influence because of his connection with England and the United States. John Locke had a plethora of Philosophical theories. I will further elaborate on the idea of Locke's thoughts on inalienable rights. One might first begin with addressing the question of what are Inalienable rights? To this I answer that th...
  • Obligations According To Thomas Hobbes
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    Thomas Hobbes Paper - What is the difference between obligations in foro interno and in foro externo, and when do weave such obligations According to Thomas Hobbes, there are certain laws of nature which exist in the absence of an organized government. These laws are extremely cut throat, and place people in extremely dangerous situations where their lives are in danger. Government is the answer to this dangerous situation, but it is here that the question of obligation comes into question. Does...
  • Third Natural Law Hobbes
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    Thomas Hobbes, author of Leviathan, claims that peace and unity can best be achieved by setting up a society by having humans agree to a covenant (Hobbes: Ch. 18 pg. 548). A sovereign who is in charge of protecting the society or state rules Hobbess society. In his introduction, Hobbes describes this commonwealth as an "artificial person" and as a body politic that mimics the human body. Hobbes portrays the state as a gigantic human form built out of the bodies of its members, the sovereign as i...
  • Natural Right To Freedom
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    Do people have some rights just by being human This question is concerned with whether or not it is possible for 'natural rights' to exist. 'Natural' rights are rights which we have 'naturally' as humans, in other words rights which we inherently have, just by being human. A large problem with answering this question is that of defining the term 'rights', a question to which the answer has been very elusive throughout the history of political analysis. The following investigation into the possib...

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