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“Classics of Political & Moral Philosophy”

You will prepare your Research Paper on the topic “Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau: Who’s Theory of Government is most compatible with biblical principles?” Choose 1 of the 3 philosophers, and then compare and contrast all 3 philosophers on such topics as: human nature, natural law, human law, origin of government, purpose of government, civil disobedience, right of revolution, and government and religion. In addition, use relevant ideas from the ethical and social theories of Adam Smith and David Hume in forging your evaluation.

In your Research Paper, develop and apply a critical criteria to explain both why you selected your author and why you did not choose the other authors. If you believe 1 author was more scriptural in certain aspects but another author was closer to Scripture in a different area, explain your position.

The important point is not which philosopher you choose but how well you explain and defend your choice. Be specific by citing the individual points with which you agree and explaining why they are scriptural. You must use the textbooks and Scripture as references for this assignment. You may cite additional sources if you wish, but the majority of the references must be from the textbooks and Scripture.

Specific requirements for the Research Paper are:

  • The body of the paper must be at least 10 pages (including the title page and bibliography).
  • The paper must be written in current APA format.
  • The paper must include a title page. This page must have a title, your name, course number, and the instructor’s name.
  • The second page of the paper must be an outline of the contents of the paper.
  • When giving in-text citations, include not only the author but also the page number. Page numbers must be included.
  • Proper headings must be used.
  • The paper must have correct grammar and spelling.
  • Doing the minimum amount of work does not guarantee a perfect score. To achieve more than a passing grade, you must demonstrate a mastery of the material presented in the lecture by incorporating those concepts into your paper.

textbook; Classics of Political & Moral Philosophy by Steven M. Cahn.

The other one is. History of Political Philosophy 3rd Edition. by Strauss, Leo. & Cropsey, Joseph.

Attached are the lecture notes.

Classics of Political & Moral Philosophy is publications of each persons works.

Hobbess- Leviathan pages 375-430

Locke- Second Treatise of Government pg 450-516, Letter Concerning Toleration pg 517-541

Rousseau- Discourse on the Origin of Inequality pg 546-560, Of the Social Contract pg 561-595


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