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Subject:  Re: Week 2 Reading: Locke's The Second Treatise Date:  8/17/2012  8:57 AM
Author:  tabs101 Number:  23699 of 23810

I think an idea that keeps coming up to me as I read Locke is that a state of nature does not seem persuasive, as if it ever existed. I know Hobbes also wrote about a state of nature. Are these descriptions meant to be hypothetical? Or should we treat them as literal. If literal, it seems to me that as soon as you are living with more than person, authority tends to be exerted by one over the other. Once authority is exerted, for all practical purposes, can't we say that one does not live in a state of nature?

Let me work on defining some terms

State of Nature- The condition of man before he lived under the control of a governm