Compare And Contrast John Locke And State Of Nature

1673 Words7 Pages
Thomas Hobbes and John Locke had very differing views on what government looks like, and how it should work in society. Government looks different from their perspectives, but in some instances, they look similar. Does “state of nature” have anything to do with that? Both Hobbes and Locke look at the state of nature in differing ways. Just as they look at government in similar ways, they also look state of nature in similar ways in some cases. Both have similar and differing opinions on government and what state of nature is. The state of nature is “the real or hypothetical condition of human beings before or without political association” (Munro, 2015). State of nature is the state in which humans lived in before there was a “society”. State of nature has been highly reviewed and analyzed by many over the years. Some very famous theorists have studied and studied what the state of nature is and what it means in a society. Many have come to different conclusions, and no one really seems to agree on one “state of nature”. Two of the most famous theorists that have written about the state of nature are Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, who at first glance have differing opinions, but they actually have similarities also. Hobbes when talking about the state of nature says, “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 Warre; and such a warre, as is of every man, against every man”
Get Access