Thomas Hobbes : Tragedy At The Principle Of Nature

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Tragedy at the Principle of Nature
Stefano Canavesio

Dramatis Personae--Cast of Characters

Thomas Hobbes: Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)was an English political thinker that strongly focused on political and social issues. He believed in having a powerful government, his ideal government being an absolute monarchy with complete power. He believed all humans were naturally selfish and wicked and needed this in order to create peace between humans. Hobbes expressed some of his views in a work titled Leviathan (1651). His ideas are seen controversial compared to Rousseau,Locke and other thinkers during the Enlightenment. This will hopefully create interesting debates at this dinner.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) strongly believed in the goodness of man and the freedom of mankind. He believed that civilization corrupts people’s natural goodness. Rousseau's ideas on government were all based on a society governed primarily by the people. This inspired the modern government of a democracy. I have invited Rousseau because he has very different views regarding government and other topics with Hobbes.

Mary Wollstonecraft: Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) fought against the gender expectations in her society of her time and fought for equality of the sexes. One of her notorious works titled “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” she argues against philosopher Rousseau’s ideas on education stating that men and women should

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