Locke and Rousseau Comparison Essay

Locke and Rousseau Comparison Essay - Theriault 1 John...

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Theriault 1 John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau both had one common goal in mind; the betterment of society. While each desired this common goal, they both envisioned getting to it in slightly different ways. In Locke’s Second Treatise of Government, Locke explains that all forms of government exist because of the people, and that each form of representation has its advantages and disadvantages. The three forms of government Locke discusses are monarchy, oligarchy, and democracy. He argues that the majority get to choose which form of government they want, a democratic process in itself. He cites that if the majority believes their current form or government is not working, then they have the power to switch to a different type of government. Locke also states that people give up some personal freedoms, for the betterment of society as a whole. He claims that one must understand that by giving up their natural rights, they are all working together as a majority to keep order and peace. In Rousseau’s Social Contract, Rousseau argues for the rights of all men. His idealistic view
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