Morality through Plato, Aristotle, and Hobbes Comparison Essay by isabella

Morality through Plato, Aristotle, and Hobbes
A paper comparing and contrasting Plato, Aristotle, and Hobbes, particularly their views about happiness and morality.
# 59135 | 1,642 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Jun 05, 2005 in Philosophy (Ancient Greek) , Philosophy (Ethics)

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An exploration of the similarities and differences among three philosophers. One who embraced a theory of absolute truth and the belief in one clear right and wrong; one who clearly rejected it and believed in assigned right/wrong for each person; one who would say that there is no right or wrong at all, only a social contract. It explains how all three explore the idea of metaphysics.

From the Paper:

"Some of the greatest philosophers have sought to bring an understanding to basic metaphysics and morality. Plato is known for his great thoughts and philosophical ideas about politics and social values. He used a very effective and clever way of writing his views, a technique of exoteric and esoteric writing. Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" from The Republic, a children's story about a cave, had an esoteric meaning that was letting the intelligent know what the government was doing. The point that Plato gets across is that the government wants to keep everyone in the dark. It was important to him that people see the reality of the society they live in; to be happy, we must realize the metaphysical, beyond what appears to be real. Plato, being the first to explore these concepts, sets the ground works to compare all thinkers who follow him. Aristotle and Hobbes take these same ideas and shed a vastly different light on them."

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