The Social Contract According to Hobbes, Hume & Locke


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Which of the following best describes Hume's beliefs about government?

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1. How does Hobbes describe his hypothetical State of Nature?

2. How does Locke describe his understanding of the State of Nature?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The idea of a social contract is an important concept in social philosophy. Three figures who put forth ideas on social contracts were Thomas Hobbes, David Hume and John Locke. This assessment will test you on their respective views on social contract theory, such as Hobbes's state of nature and Hume's views on government

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • David Hume's beliefs on government
  • Hobbes's state of nature
  • Locke's state of nature
  • Locke's views on civil governments
  • Hume's critique of social contract theory

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - make sure that you can accurately recall the basics of social contract theory, and the specific views on social contracts and government espoused in the philosophies of Hobbes, Hume and Locke
  • Distinguishing differences - once you've gone over the lesson, check to ensure that you can distinguish Hobbes, Hume and Locke's views on things such as social contracts and states of nature
  • Knowledge application - draw from your understanding of the lesson to answer questions on how each of the three philosophers approached the idea of a social contract and related concepts

Additional Learning

If you would like to learn more about this subject, review the corresponding lesson called The Social Contract According to Hobbes, Hume and Locke. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Overview of social contracts
  • Hobbes's state of nature
  • Locke's state of nature
  • Hume's critique of social contracts