Similarities Between Aristotle And Hobbes

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What is the natural condition of man according to Aristotle and Hobbes? Firstly, somebody who is eager and willing to learn by devoting his/her time and attention to acquiring and improving knowledge on history and philosophy of social science subject, should get enough information about famous theoreticians such as Socrates, Aristotle, Plato, Confucius, Epicurus (ancient philosophers) and ought to be aware of their theories and strong statements. We can extend the range of philosophers with ones who lived in medieval and early modern times. However, our main thing to do is to compare Aristotle’s and Hobbes’ human nature. Both of them are actually two of the most influential theoreticians in the history of mankind. Each one can be considered the father of political schools of thought according to…show more content…
Anyone can claim that their doctrines stand quite different, but let’s do not judge so at first sight. “Hence, it is evident that a city is a natural production, and that man is naturally a political and social animal.” (Aristotle, Politics, 125a3.) According to Aristotle, man naturally is a social and, consequently, he considers man as an animal in the Politics and says that man is ordered toward the community. On the other hand, Hobbes claims that man is naturally ordered toward the individual, and this individual is himself. Then who is the right one? Well, if we were obliged to choose one of them, my suggestion would be for Aristotle, even though Hobbes makes definite, original and precise statements and observations on the manner and attitude of human’s nature. Why I do not prefer Hobbes is that he fails to notice and discern the natural and particular goodness of nature of man. Let’s examine Aristotle’s standpoints, then Hobbes’, and make a finish with comparative
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