The Great Philosophers: William Blackstone, Voltaire, Thomas Hobbes, Jean Jacques Rousseau

What are the key characteristics of the philosophers William Blackstone, Voltaire, Thomas Hobbes, and Jean Jacques Rousseau?
  • William Blackstone: Maintained that religion was useful to humankind.
  • Voltaire: Believed people should give up freedoms.
  • Thomas Hobbes: Believed that natural law was given to humans by god.
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau: Maintained that each person entered into society with an unspoken agreement.

William Blackstone was a philosopher who believed that religion played a crucial role in benefiting humankind. He saw religion as a powerful force that could positively impact society and individuals.

Voltaire, on the other hand, had a different perspective. He believed that people should be willing to give up certain freedoms in order to maintain social order and harmony. Voltaire valued the greater good over personal liberties.

Thomas Hobbes was a philosopher who thought that natural law was bestowed upon humans by a higher power, specifically god. He believed in the inherent laws of nature that govern human behavior and society.

Jean Jacques Rousseau believed that every individual willingly entered into society with an unspoken agreement with others. He thought that this social contract was necessary for the functioning of a just and fair society.

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