Locke and Hobbes Comparison Essay by Nicky

Locke and Hobbes
Compares the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke on the nature of the family.
# 129062 | 1,655 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 29, 2010 in Philosophy (Religion) , Child, Youth Issues (Family Issues)

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This paper first explains that Thomas Hobbes and John Locke agree on the nature of the family and its role in providing proof for man's desire for society; however, they disagree on the analogous comparison between family and government and on how a family is and should be governed. Next, the author points out that the family to both men is a scaled down model of a political society. The paper stresses that the ultimate difference between their philosophies with regard to family relies almost entirely on a core difference between the two philosophers regarding the ultimate jurisdiction of God over man, which Locke prescribes to and Hobbes does not.

From the Paper:

"Hobbes stresses that the ultimate dominion over the child falls to that of the mother as the child cannot be guided by two masters and the mother is the only one who can be wholly proven to be a parent. Hobbes also goes on to state that the development of civil law is dictate by men and not mothers and therefore this establishes their supremacy over mothers in the consideration of children. Locke on the other hand stresses that there is an innate equality between mothers and fathers with regard to dominion over children as they are by scripture bound to obey both in a an equal sense."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hobbes, Thomas, Waller, A. R., ed. Leviathan: Or, the Matter, Forme & Power of a Commonwealth, Ecclesiasticall and Civill. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1904.
  • Locke, John. The Second Treatise of Civil Government and a Letter Concerning Toleration. Ed. J. W. Gough. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1946.

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