Compare And Contrast Thomas Hobbes And John Locke Views On The Enlightenment

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The Enlightenment brought many great philosophers, such as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, who served an important role at this time whilst having very different views on society. The Enlightenment was an Age of reason that took place during the late 17th and 18th century that valued reason and individualism over tradition. The Enlightenment included different ideas between philosophers on topics like state of nature to question which changes one's view on government and society. Both Thomas Hobbes and John Locke had taken much time pondering about such topics of the Enlightenment but both had different views on these topics. Hobbes and Locke had different views on what man was like in a state of nature, and why man would leave this state and form a social contract, as well as what type of government was best and what it’s role was to be.

Hobbes’s view on these topics were very different from Locke due to the life he had gone through. Being put in the middle of a time of revolution made him believe life in a state of nature, which was a state in which humans were when no government/outside force made them fearful of punishment giving them no restrictions, was, “every man is another man’s enemy. There is no safety or security…” (Hobbes, Leviathan). Hobbes believed humans were naturally bad and the only way to gain order was to “sign” a social contract, which is an imaginary contract that is “signed” to give up your freedom in return for peace, order, and security. Hobbes
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