Plato and Hobbs Modern and ancient

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Plato and Hobbs Modern and ancient. Two distinct writers have been explored in depth in class. Thomas Hobbs who’s famous for writing the Leviathan . And Plato whose famous for writing the Republic . Both authors are famously influential in history. Hobbs being more influential in with his modern writing and Plato with his ancient writing. But what makes Thomas Hobbes writing modern or Plato ancient? What is Hobbes social contract? What are Plato’s thoughts on human nature? Evaluations of these ideas are needed for a deeper understanding of the writers. In Hobbes leviathan he talkies about the war of all agents all. The war of all agents all is what man is like in the state of nature. The state of nature is defined by Hobbes as a state or condition in which everyone man is in a state of war agents every man. In this state of nature people have complete and total right to do anything that will allow them to protect there liberty or safety. Hobbes goes on to state that in the state of nature that life is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short". If you where to continue to stay in this state of nature your life would consist of attempting to keep alive by stopping others from taking your liberty. Hobbes suggests that there is a way for people to come out of this brutish and cruel state of nature.
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For you to come out of the state of nature that Hobbes describes you must enter into a social contract. The social Contract according to Thomas Hobbes the social contract can be basically broken down into the fact that people come out of the state of nature to unite under a sovereign or monarchy. Under this monarchy people would give up basic rights and freedoms for the protection. Hobbes states that because people are mean and nasty they cannot be trusted and so that there must be an absolute monarchy. The state of this social contract that is formed for means of protection is called Leviathan
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This note was uploaded on 05/16/2008 for the course GOVT 180 taught by Professor Caric during the Spring '08 term at Morehead State.

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Plato and Hobbs Modern and ancient - Plato and Hobbs Modern...

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