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hobbes on socail contract How did people ever get together and probably be still long enough to form government Were their rights negotiated or given In this discussion we will look at the meaning and nature of the social contract as seen from the point of view of political theorists Thomas Hobbes and John Locke General Social Contract According to Roland 1994 The fundamental basis for government and law in this system is the concept of the social contract according to which human beings begin as individuals in a state of nature and create a society by establishing a contract whereby they agree to live together in harmony for their mutual benefit after which they are said to live in a state of society This contract involves the retaining of certain natural rights an acceptance of restrictions of certain liberties the assumption of certain duties and the pooling of certain powers to be exercised collectively So the use of a social contract is a give and take negotiation -usually Because of this it is excepted that the individual does have rights to begin with but by entering a community or starting a society he agrees that certain individual rights will be overridden for the greater good of the society Social Contract via Hobbes One of the curious things about doing research concerning Thomas Hobbes is that he is invariably labeled a lunatic or a crazy person and that was by his contemporaries We may look at his ideas and be bemused in any of its variant forms Yet his theories concerning the nature of things have survived in history possibly due to their perceived outlandishness or do they overtly say those things that the rest of us would keep to ourselves or only think about Thomas Hobbes wrote an influential book titled Leviathan 1651 In this book he details the idea of the social contract which states that men
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