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Modern political thinkers like Hobbes and Locke are trying to understand why people enter into social contracts and each author comes to different conclusion. Which raises the question, how did these modern thinkers end up with different conclusions upon answering the same question? I argue that looking more specifically their ideas on the equality of human nature will help answer how these two authors came to different conclusions. For instance, Hobbes and Locke both believe that humans are fundamentally equal in the state of nature, where they differ is in what way that humans equal. For instance, Hobbes believes that we are equal in our mentality and strengths, which creates a competitive drive because everyone than has equal opportunity and any means to find happiness. In contrast, Locke believes we are equal in our rights and duties because in the state of nature we are governed by the law of nature and reason. The purpose of this paper is to show that the distinction of equality between the two authors …show more content…
For instance, Hobbes argues that because we are all fundamentally equal at the core the differences are quite minimal between each other, as even the weakest can kill the strongest. He gives this example the fact that even though the weakest is not as strong he can still fight him through ‘conspiracy or other factors because we all have access to everything and at the end everyone is in danger of the other. Moreover, competition as a result of equality is then at the heart of Hobbes understanding of human nature and why people enter into social contracts, as it is to avoid this constant competition with the other. As he states that life in the state of nature is a life of “ continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and

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