Comparing Philosophies Of Locke And Thomas Hobbes, By John Locke

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In chapter 1 Locke states it is practically impossible for anyone to claim they received a God given right to rule because no one has capability of Adam. On the other hand political power is the ability to make laws which may include a penalty of death in the event those laws are broken. Locke also explains in chapter one that use of the community to actually keep the community safe is the absolute best practice primarily because political power is simply for the good of the public. I would agree with the part of chapter 1 that states the best way to protect the community is through the use of the community. It makes me think of community policing. For example, police officers have an extensive list of responsibilities. However, through the use of community advocates and assistance they are able to expand their control and responsibilities to individuals not employed by the police force. This will then control things such as community burglaries.
In chapter 2 Locke speaks to the state of nature. This chapter states that men are naturally
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John Locke and Thomas Hobbes, although both are political theorists, differ greatly. For example in regard to the state of nature Locke believes that man is in fact a social animal whereas Hobbes thinks otherwise. They also differ in terms of their stance on the state of nature. Locke feels that men mostly are honored by their obligations. He agrees that most men are for the most part exist in peace. Hobbes, on the other hand, believes that man would live a miserable life of being poor in a society with high amounts of fear or danger. Lastly, the two theorists differ in terms of the social contract. Locke believes that man has every right to life and impartial protection of the state. Hobbes believes that if man simply does what he is expected or told to do then he in fact is safe. In the event he does not, he should fear the consequences set before him. (page 715, Sections 12-15)(Page 715 Sections 8-12) (pages
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