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Instead of each deciding for himself what ends to pursue in general, each agrees to act only within bounds determined by an agreed authority, who decides how general contention is to be avoided. The means of avoiding general contention are communicated to each of the many in the government’s binding laws. Citizenship consists of strict obedience to these laws. 30 Tom Sorell The sovereign power is supposed to be unlimited, permanent, and unitary. Hobbes was no supporter of a separation of powers, still less of rolled-back government, and he thought it was folly for a government to give up any powers or to cease to exercise any.
In “Of Ethick in General” he criticizes philosophers not only for not paying sufficient attention to the origin of moral ideas, but also for failing to teach morality effectively, although both criticisms point to the same error. The issue here has to do with motivation as well as principle. ”77 Moral Obligation for Locke does not derive from the recognition by a rational agent that a certain action is right or wrong, but from the authority of the divine ruler who prescribes it and the sanctions that apply to it.
1 Aspects of Stoicism in Locke’s Philosophy 19 Rather than hypothesizing that in the last phase of his intellectual life, Locke turned from reason to revelation, it seems more consistent with his intentions to assume that revelation was always within the horizon of his philosophical vision, and that even some aspects of his philosophy, which seem prima facie less attuned to his Christian motives, may have been regarded by him as serving this higher purpose. Three, in particular, come to mind: Locke’s position against innatism, his denial that the mind always thinks, and his hedonistic theory of motivation.