Thomas Hobbes

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  • Similarities Between Machiavelli And Socrates

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    Machiavelli and Socrates are two of the most influential figures in modern day political philosophy. These two individuals established the bases for our interpretation of the world and human political interaction. While they were separated by centuries and a significant geographic distance, it is fascinating nonetheless to ponder what they would think of each other. Sadly it is impossible to ask themselves and so we must instead turn to their writings in order to glean an idea of what their opinions

  • Machiavelli And Socrates

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    Having grown up during times of war and turmoil, both Socrates and Machiavelli use philosophy to evaluate people and politics. After seeing corruption, fragmentation and death, both philosophers developed different views. Machiavelli’s concept of a Prince includes strong stances on morality and religion. Socrates would be likely to agree on the general ideas that Machiavelli believes a Prince should have but he would differ mainly in how they should be executed. I believe that Socrates would agree

  • Compare And Contrast Alhusserian And Gramscian Schools Of Thought

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    Putting the Althusserian and Gramscian perspectives into dialogue The Althusserian and Gramscian schools of thought offer contradistinctive views about the ideology that is at play in the society. Althusser staunchly advocates that ideology is the unconscious, ‘practico-social’ knowledge that reinforces the existing social order. While Athusser is more rigid in his approach about the working of ideology, by significantly downplaying the role of individualistic thinking, Gramsci stresses

  • Compare And Contrast Hobbes And Locke's State Of Nature

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    state, where no person possesses political power. While Hobbes state of nature is ahistorical and is a hypothetical construct to help us grasp human nature in its purest form, Locke believes such a state has existed historically and that this is the state men are in naturally and will remain in until they decide to form a political state. Firstly, Hobbes and Locke differ in what they describe people to be motivated by. According to Hobbes, people are self-serving and are motivated to maximize their

  • How Did Thomas Paine Influence The American Revolution

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    Thomas Paine was an England born political activist, theorist, philosopher and revolutionary. He was an influential writer of essays and pamphlets. His works included “The Age of Reason, “Rights of Man” and the widely known and well accepted “Common Sense”. He is one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and had a major influence on the American Revolution by helping shape many of the ideas that marked the Age of Revolution. His extremely popular Common Sense pamphlet (which I will be discussing

  • Fortune And Power In Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince

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    Book Report Paper: Fortune and Power in The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli Niccolo Machiavelli wrote the novel, The Prince, which was meant as a gift to Lorenzo de Medici, a ruling member of the Medici family (Machiavelli, 1998). The novel addresses politics, but more over managerial skills on how a prince should rule his state. Machiavelli goes on to describe ways in which are best practices for a prince to rule and continue to be in power by using historical examples and using metaphors to authenticate

  • Anathem's Society In Anthem Written By Ayn Rand

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    The society depicted in Anthem written by Ayn Rand has the people working to benefit each other, a system known as collectivism. The rules are quite restrictive in Anthem’s society for the purpose of keeping people in line, so they would not rebel against the government. Rules also serve the purpose to keep people equal to one another; however, at the end of the novel, Equality 7-2521 creates his own society to give people full freedom and individualism. Anthem’s society created laws to keep the

  • Hobbes State Of Nature Essay

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    they are, this essay will argue that Hobbes’ view of human nature is not pessimistic because it does not entail a generally worse concept of humankind. Firstly, Hobbes’ stance on human nature will be revealed through the explanation of his theory on the state of nature becoming a state of war, and the steps he takes to arrive at this conclusion. In addition, to critically engage with the essay’s argument and ultimately prove it, an objection that accuses Hobbes of pessimism will be considered and

  • Hobbes State Of Nature

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    Q1. Explain and evaluate Hobbes’s argument that life in the state of nature is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” For Hobbes, there is no worse condition for men than to live in the state of nature, or for him: a constant “state of war” (Hobbes, year: 41 de cive). Hobbes believed that, in the absence of an absolute ruler men would kill each other as there exists a right of all to all. The proposed quote sums up Hobbes’s vision of society without government. However, it is less clear the

  • Niccolo Machiavelli And John Locke

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    Niccolò Machiavelli, Karl Marx, and John Locke are three rationalists who, in spite of the fact that have changing feelings on how rulers should act, all think about the prosperity of the individuals from society. These three distinctive compelling figures of each of their own separate eras would in the long run make pieces out of scholarly showstoppers that give peruses a look into what the world resembled when overseeing powers ruled over social orders. The principal rationalist, Niccolò Machiavelli