Are People Naturally Evil?

Are People Naturally Evil?

Today we will look to the political theories of 3 philosophers who greatly influenced our founding fathers. The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence both have visible characteristics that can be traced back to these men.

Discussion Questions

  1. What is the purpose of Government?
  2. What is the purpose of Government if all people are selfish, evil people. (Hobbes)
  3. What is the purpose of Government if all people are good. (Rousseau)
  4. What is the purpose of Government if all people are chaotic. (Locke)

The Video

We will look at a video that does a decent job at comparing both Hobbes and Locke.

Small Group

None

Large Group

Use a comparison chart to find the differences between all three of these philosophers. And discuss how each of them has influenced out American Government.

The Assignment

Which philosopher to you agree with most? Why? (4-5 sentences)

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