Enlightened Thinker

Enlightened Thinker

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  • Everyone at their core is evil and so selfish, they shouldn't be trusted.
  • John Hobbes
  • These people need a powerful ruler, they can't be trusted
  • Hobbes was an Englishman who believed that everyone was evil, selfish and greedy.
  • To get away from this rough life enter in the social contract.
  • As a result of Hobbes believing everyone was evil, he thought the best form of government was an absolute monarch. People needed to be controlled by a strong and powerful person. 
  • Kings should have absolute power. Parliament would limit there power and rules.
  • One of Hobbes accomplishments was writing the Leviathan. The Leviathan talked about the social contract. 
  • Yes we did but we came to different conclusions on human nature and the government
  • Hobbes conviced people to enter into the social contract. The social contract was an agreement by which they gave up their freedom for an organized society. 
  • Hobbes supported the Stuart Kings as they struggled against parliament. 
  • After the English Civil War Locke thought everyone was reasonable and moral but Hobbes thought they were selfish and greedy. Locke wanted a republic or democracy but Hobbes wanted an absolute monarch.
  • Locke and I both made it through the English Civil War.
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