political philosophy

William Blake – The Political Activist

Blake is relentless in his attacks on both the church and the state. While his peers had the luxury of expressing their activism in the form of speeches, books, and pamphlets, he utilized with brevity lines of poetry to express a massive need for drastic social change.

Hobbes vs Locke on the State of Nature

In a state of nature, Hobbes describes life as “nasty, brutish, and short” (The Leviathan, Ch. XIII para. 9). His view of the natural state of man is dark and pessimistic. He describes a condition…