Would we have rights if there were no government or political authority to enforce them? Answer in relation to Hobbes and Locke

Answer ONE of the following prompts. Please indicate which prompt you’re responding to in your title:

1)Would we have rights (and obligations to others) if there were no government or political authority to enforce them? Answer in relationship to Hobbes and Locke.

2)Critically evaluate the following statement: the function of the state is to protect the private property of its subjects. Answer in relationship to up to any two of following: Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau.

3)Many of the thinkers we’ve covered in the course base their views about political institutions on their conceptions of human nature. Critically assess the political anthropology of up to two of the thinkers of the course. To what extent is human nature an important consideration in arguments about politics?

4)Under what conditions are people entitled to rebel against their government? Answer in relationship to any two of the following: Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau.

5) Under what conditions is a government entitled to violate the rights of its subjects? Answer in relationship to Hobbes and Locke.

Please note, any of these questions will require you to:

  1. Explicate views of the thinkers you choose to cover.
  2. Assess the implications of these views.
  3. Critically evaluate the political arguments of the texts you select while arguing for your own position on these issues.

All citations must be formatted according to either MLA or Chicago style conventions. ALL PAPERS NOT CITED IN ONE OF THESE TWO FORMATS WILL NOT BE MARKED. As the one exception to this rule, you are allowed to reference the course readings provided on Blackboard with author name, book title, and page number.  For your own protection, cite everything and include every source you look at in your bibliography. As a reminder, secondary research is not required for this paper. The exception to this guideline is any source you need in order to substantiate the empirical claims you (may) make.

Please read the instructions carefully.

Papers will be evaluated based on 3 criteria:

  1. Reading knowledge of the texts read in class (Show that you know the assigned texts pertinent to your argument)
  2. Structure and clarity of argument (Have an argument and present, in an organized manner, only the information required for that argument.)
  3. Insight and originality of argument. (Seriously think about the questions and the attendant philosophical and ethical problems)
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