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Thomas Hobbes and John Locke Background:Thomas Hobbes and John Locke were philosophers that wrote about government and theorized about man in the state of nature. They both talked about man’s nature and how government is a form of SOCIAL CONTRACTbut had different view of both the state of nature and the proper form of government. Excerpts from Thomas HobbesEXCERPT #1: About State of Nature Hereby it is manifest that, during the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war, and such a war as is of every man against every man. And therefore, if any two men desire the same thing which nevertheless they cannot both enjoy, they become enemies; and, in the way to their end, which is principally their own conservation and sometimes their delectation only, endeavor to destroy or subdue one another. [Hence, life in the state of nature is] “nasty, poor, brutish, and short.”EXCERPT # 2: About Government The only way to govern… is to confer all their power and strength upon one man, or upon one assembly of men, that may reduce all their wills, by plurality of voices, unto one will: which is as much as to say, to appoint one man, or

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