Hobbes Rousseau Debate

Hobbes Rousseau Debate - I have neither given nor received...

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I have neither given nor received any unauthorized aid, nor have I witnessed a violation of the Honor Code. Victoria Chihos Michael Beck POL 102 B Hobbes and Rousseau on Government Rousseau: How does government in its ideal form serve its true purpose through organic politics? Hobbes: How does government in its ideal form serve its true purpose through aggregate politics? R: Government in its ideal form is essentially a republic, reminiscent of the Greek city- states of Sparta or Athens where every male citizen has a role in its assemblies and decisions are voted on by a majority in terms of the general will instead of the “will of all.” Any other form of government such as a representative democracy where every man does not participate in the proceedings of government is merely despotism and does not allow man to be truly liberated. H: Well that’s interesting Mr. Rousseau because my most preferred form of government is a commonwealth by institution in which a government is created by the signing of a political contract by free and equal individuals in order to keep the peace and allow these people to follow their selfish ways in a peaceful manner. What is the purpose of this government you speak of? R: Well I believe that the true purpose of government is to provide an institution to secure the property and protection of every citizen while liberating them from the enslavement of civilization, however, government is not the sovereign in my ideal republic because it is merely an institution wherein the executive acts as an intermediary of the general will which represents the collective good. In the spirit of organic politics the participants in government place the good of the community as a whole above their own selfish appetites and therefore the public “person” is my actual legitimate sovereign authority. What or who is the legitimate sovereign authority in your ideal form of government Mr. Hobbes?
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course POL 102 taught by Professor Tannenbaum during the Fall '05 term at Gettysburg.

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