Ompare and Contrast Thomas Hobbes and John Locke

Write a short paper defending one of the two viewpoints. Be sure to defend your viewpoint based on information you glean from the writings of the person whose viewpoint you have chosen.

Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan
Whereas humans in the state of nature were in a constant state of war, once they achieved a more rational state, they agreed to give up their free will to bind it to the free will of the absolute sovereign who would provide peace, order, and stability within civil society. Therefore, the people have no right to revolt against the absolute sovereign.


John Locke, Second Treatise on Government
Whereas humans in the state of nature were free and equal and whereas they possess inalienable rights of life, liberty, and property; therefore inasmuch the sovereign becomes a tyrant and violates the conditions of the social contract made between the sovereign and the people, the people have the right to resist the tyrant.