Compare and contrast the accounts of the ‘State of Nature’ in Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. What do these accounts tell us about their respective theories of human nature, and why human beings enter into the social contract?
This paper is to be 2,000 words max. Again, please do not go over the word limit.
Footnotes or endnotes are required. Cite EVERYTHING that is not your own work. Citations are fine. Plagiarism is not. A bibliography is also required, listing all the works you cited. CHECK YOUR WORK and then double check for spelling and grammatical mistakes.
For this topic, make sure you focus especially the following readings: Hobbes, Leviathan, chapters 11, 13, 14, and 16; Locke, Two Treatises of Government, Part II, chapters 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8; Rousseau, Discourse on the Origins of Inequality, Parts I and II.
YOU ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE AT LEAST FOUR REFERENCES FROM LEVIATHIAN, FOUR REFERENCES FROM TWO TREATISES OF GOVERNMENT, AND FOUR REFERENCES FROM DISCOURSE ON THE ORIGINS OF INEQUALITY.
You are also required to use three secondary sources that you are to use in writing your paper. Please provide at least THREE references from EACH of these sources in your paper. Please go to the online reserve list to find them there.
Here are the secondary sources:
Hobbes, Locke, and confusion’s masterpiece [electronic resource] : an examination of seventeenth-century political philosophy / Ross Harrison
Chapters One and Two, pp. 7-69 (especially pp. 61-69); Chapter Three, pp. 70-81 and pp. 92-100 – these chapters on are Hobbes
Chapter Six, pp. 163-178, and pp. 182-189; Chapter Seven, pp. 190-205 – these chapters on are Locke
Thomas Hobbes [electronic resource] / R.E.R. Bunce: pp. 33-45 in this book
Starting with Rousseau [electronic resource] / James Delaney: Chapter Three in this book