Hobbes and American Politics Comparison Essay by Dorksmell

Hobbes and American Politics
A comparison between Thomas Hobbes' ideas of a utopian society and America's political system today.
# 16489 | 1,058 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 25, 2003 in Political Science (Political Theory) , Philosophy (History)

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This paper examines the ideals of the philosopher Thomas Hobbes from his "Leviathan" written in 1651 in and how his philosophy compares to today's political system. It discusses how Hobbes was a moral pragmatist or utilitarian and how an absolutist government, with executive, legislative and judicial powers in the scepter of one sovereign is Hobbes' idea of keeping the peace. This paper looks at what his reaction may have been today of America's society and political system with increasing crime rate statistics and how he would have viewed America's foreign policy and the Cold War in light of his beliefs. Hobbes would likely have seen today's America as a failed experiment, falling into the spiral of anarchy and mob rule.

From the Paper:

"Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan was written in 1651, at a time of civil war in England. The whole of Europe had been ravaged by the Thirty Years' War not long before. When a philosopher flees his homeland seeking the peace of a foreign country because he cannot stay safely, surely his thoughts turn to the barbarous tendencies of man. Hobbes originally planned on a career focused in three different areas of philosophy: the physical body, human nature and society. He tutored across the continent, met and shared ideas with the likes of Descartes and Galileo, Mersenne and Gassendi. But when war broke out, publishing his views on society and utopia became more urgent, and his career plan got out of order. We can understand his philosophy by his writing, but that can only represent his reaction to his world."

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