Similarities Between Hobbes And Machiavelli

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Just like Hobbes, Machiavelli also felt that mankind was selfish, dishonest, susceptible, and sadistic. Machiavelli did not see everyone as equal beings to take charge and have full responsibility in being a suitable leader. Knowing that man was corrupt he also felt that it would be best if society was ruled over by a sovereign government, an absolute monarchy, to ensure stability, “whoever has power has the right to command; but goodness does not ensure power and the good person has no more authority by virtue of being good… the only real concern of the political ruler is the acquisition and maintenance of power” (Nederman, 2014). All that matters is having the authority/power necessary to preserve control and keep society in order. Instead of endorsing morality, just as Rousseau wanted, Hobbes and Machiavelli sought after security. Although having security would be useful, it does not necessarily mean that it will absolutely guarantee complete control or safety over civilization; mishaps are bound to happen life can be unacceptably inevitable. As a result, living without any form of authority could actually cause havoc. If society were to break away from…show more content…
In other words, society resides in justice to distribute good; justice is always seen as virtuous no matter how fairness is dispersed or obtained, society will always believe it is just. Whether certain laws may seem unreasonable or questionable, law abiding citizens would still follow the regulations because it is the appropriate thing to do. To society, justice is a significant social structure where people are given equal rights and liberty as a construct of fairness. In some manner, justice has a way of keeping order and limit people from carrying out unacceptable behavior that could negatively impact citizens and their safety. However, justice is not always just, as mentioned before; some forms of justices/regulations are extreme and
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