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Social Contract Essay

  • Submitted by: anonymous
  • on November 11, 2010
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 750 words

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Mr. Cruz

Class: h7/1

10/09/10

      During the 17th century the social contract did a strong change in those times. Social contract was a contract saying that all citizens have the right to pick a government in change of protection from part of the government. They need to give protection to the citizens so that they can keep them in the throne.   The rights of the citizens were to get protection from the government but they need to follow the rules. In this time Philosophers got their own theories (Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau, and others) from the way of seeing the social contract. The right from the citizens was that they would be free and also they would receive protection from the government.
      John Locke was a 17th century philosopher, which he created his own theory based on social contract.   He had the belief that everyone (all humans) are born with natural rights. We are born with freedom. "The state of nature has a law of Nature to govern it, which treats everyone equally .... Being independent and equal, no one ought to harm another in His life, health or profession.” Locke This means that if the government doesn’t follow what they need to do they should drop them out.   One quote that represents what Locke thinks about what the government ought. “This means that the government should treat us in the same way and gives us the rights the state of nature as a law of nature to govern it, which treats everyone equally.... being equal and independent no one ought to harm another in his life, health or possessions” Locke. The purpose of the government is to be peaceful and take care of us. “We have reason to conclude that all peaceful beginnings of government have being laid in the consent of the people” Locke.   Thomas Hobbes was a philosopher from the times of the enlightenment who was in favor of the social contract but in his own way in his own point of view. He said that all humans born selfish and greedy. He said that the purpose of the government...

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