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specialty journal of politics and law
Volume 4, 2019, Issue 2
A Comparative Glance at Thomas Hobbes, John Locke Ideas about the Concept of ‎Freedom
Khashayar Bourbouri
Pages: 100-116


Since the immemorial time, the concept of freedom is one of the fundamental concepts ‎which have had numerous effects on human lives. Many people suffered countless ‎tortures or were jailed and sent to exile or even lost their lives due to freedom. ‎Nevertheless, freedom can be considered to imply having volition and autonomy in ‎practice and doing things; in a way that no one would force anyone to do anything ‎which is not his desired action. Thus, freedom implies having the ability to do or refuse ‎to do something. Generally speaking, freedom can be regarded as a general law which ‎dominates the whole domain of life. Thomas Hobbes and John Locke are two main ‎theoreticians of social contract who offered different views of the notion of freedom. ‎The study of the view of these two theoreticians of freedom is necessary because one ‎of them is the father of the idea of totalitarianism while the other is the founding father ‎of liberalism. The current research is conducted using descriptive and analytic method ‎and assays the ideas of these two philosophers concerning the notion of freedom within ‎the context of their works‎. 

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