A Futuristic Interview With Thomas Hobbes And John Locke

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Creative Essay PaperGentian ArtaksiThe following is a transcript of a televised debate betweenThomas Hobbes and John Locke, as seen on November 24, 2093, viaTime~Warp Broadcasting Inc.COM: Television commentatorMED: Mediator of the debateHOB: Thomas HobbesLOC: John LockeDebate # 3Hobbes vs LockeNovember 24, 2093COM: Good evening and welcome to the third debate of our sevendebate series featuring some of the most prominent theorists of alltime. Last week, via Time~Warp's exclusive satellite system, we gota first hand taste of the famous Hart - Devlin debate. This week,as promised, we are privileged to be the first to witness whatpromises to be one of the great debates of all time.First, let me introduce an "English philosopher, born inMalmesbury, and educated at Magdalen Hall, University of Oxford."Over his years he associated with numerous noted thinkers,including Galileo and Descartes. His works include, Leviathan, Orthe Matter, and Power of Commonwealth Ecclesiastic and Civil.Please welcome Thomas Hobbes.Debating with Hobbes is another "English philosopher, born inthe village of Wringtom, Somerset, and educated at the Universityof Oxford." Historically, he has attacked the theories of divinerights of kings, and those of Thomas Hobbes. His most notable work,Two Treatises of Civil Government, along with On Politics andEducation, are considered among the most important pieces ofliterature on political theory. It gives me great pleasure tointroduce John Locke.For the benefit of those who have not been following ourseries, today's debate will follow the usual format. First themediator will ask a question or pose a statement. One debater willrespond to this question or statement, the other will then be giventime to rebut any points made. The second debater will then respondto the question or statement, followed by a rebuttal from theoriginal speaker. Remember, rebuttals must be restricted to pointsbrought up in the answering session. You may not rebut points madein a rebuttal.Without further ado, let me introduce the mediator, Dr. DavidSnell, and bring out Mr. Hobbes and Mr. Locke.MED: Welcome to our honoured debaters.Historically, the question 'What is the state of humannature?' has been a matter of much controversy amongst thinkers.Please share your views on this point. Mr. Hobbes, you may speakfirst.HOB: Man by nature is evil. In the state of nature there is noformal law, no order, no culture, and no hope. In other words, astate of total chaos where no man has any individual rights, andall men are at war. Here, life is a constant battle for power,ending in death.All men, by nature, are equal. "Nature hath made men soequal...[that] when all is reckoned together, the differencebetween man, and man, is not so considerable." In this state, aman's property is what he can take, and what he can prevent othersfrom taking. If one item is desired by two men, they will becomeenemies, and in order to obtain this item, man will attempt torepress or destroy the...

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