Thomas Hobbes And John Locke's Impact On Modern Society

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In the present assignment, an attempt has been made to evaluate the influence of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke on the modern society. At the same time, the connection between the writings of these philosophers and the things that are actually present has also been explored. Both the philosophers were very enlightened thinkers of the 17th century. At the same time, both of them have very strong views regarding human nature and also the role that displayed by the government in the lives of the people. In this regard, Hobbes believed that by their nature, people were selfish but the perspective of Locke was different. He believed that the human beings are good by nature and reasonable and therefore they can self-regulate themselves. However, as a result of these differences, these two philosophers have different outlooks regarding what should be an ideal government. But despite these differences, both of these philosophers had a significant impact on the modern society and has held in changing the world.…show more content…
According to him, the government has an obligation to serve the people, by protecting their life, liberty and property. At the same time, and also mentioned some limitations on the powers of the government. He was in the favor of a representative government and also in the rule of law. Lots insisted that in case the government fails to protect the rights of the individuals, then the people should rise in revolt. According to Locke, the main principles of his philosophy have been expressed in his work titled, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding that was written by him in 1690. In this work, he has mentioned the limits of human understanding. He has also expressed that while at the birth, the human mind is complete but as he gains experience, much more knowledge can be acquired by
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