Why Do Governments Exist? Locke, Hobbes, Montesquieu, and Rousseau

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Here is a great secondary source reading that includes the primary ideas and philosophies of the famed Enlightenment philosophers: Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Charles Montesquieu, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. In additional to discussing major events in each of these philosophers' lives, the handout summarizes their primary arguments regarding the role of government and the rights of individuals.

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Pros

  • Readings are well written and convey major points about each philosopher that can be used for compare/contrast assignments
Cons

  • Very limited list of follow-up questions