February 18, 2016

Rousseau and Hobbes

Two philosophers and two different understandings of the social contract. Hobbes believes that the world is nasty and brutish. Society is delicate and precious and we are always on the precipice of barbarism. Rousseau believed in man's inherent goodness. If Rousseau is right, the police keep the rest of us safe from criminals. If Hobbes is right, the police keep the criminals safe from mob justice. I'm not sure who I side with (I'm really hoping Rousseau is right) but score this one for Hobbes.

Posted by Duffy at February 18, 2016 01:20 PM | TrackBack

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