Compare Hobbes’ conception of civil society with Aristotle’s understanding of the polis. What are the major differences between them? How is one “natural” and the other “artificial”? What is the end or purpose of each? What account for these differences? Which would you rather inhabit? Why? Cite specific passages of the relevant texts. 1. Aristotle, Politics, trans. C.D.C. Reeve (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 1998). 2. Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, ed. C.B. Macpherson (London: Penguin Books, 1985). Your essay must not be longer than 8 typed, double-spaced, 12 point font pages with 1” margins. Substantiate your claims with direct reference to the relevant texts. Be sure to include a title page; be sure to include page numbers. Use Chicago style footnotes for all references. Please do not refer to secondary sources. Your essay must contain and sustain a thesis. Be sure that your thesis statement is positioned at the beginning of your paper. Do your own thinking and writing. You are expected to study carefully the primary texts, reflect critically on them, and write clearly about them.
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