The State Of Nature And Government

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Chloe Holmeshaw
Dr. Charles Wells
October 11, 2015

The State of Nature and Government

The State of Nature and governing in “The State of Nature” are two subject that Hobbes and Locke both discuss in their book. The enlightenment period was a time of Learning, new inventions, new theories, and new government. Two prominent figures that became known during the enlightenment were Thomas Hobbes (1588-1674) and John Locke (1632-1704). These enlightenment authors represent two different side of the political spectrum; Locke represents the right wing with his book “Second Treatise on Civil Government” and “A Letter Concerning Toleration” and Hobbes represent the left wing with his book “Leviathan”. They are important because they introduced two different ideas of the States of Nature and the type of social contract and government that should be regulating it. This paper is demonstrating how the state of nature effects the type of government needs to run the state.
Thomas Hobbes is an enlightenment philosopher from England; he is known for his on political philosophy. He published his enlightenment novel Leviathan in 1651; his book discusses the structure of society and government. His book was one of the most influential pieces of work during the Enlightenment period. He contributed to the independence of the United States from England. He wrote his book during the English civil wars. The fear he experienced during that

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