Justice and Equality in Humean and Lockean Political Theories

SIMON M. OTU, OKECHUKWU S. AMADI, ANTHONY RUFUS

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This paper examines the idea of justice and equality from the perspectives of David Hume and John Locke. It contends that although both philosophers differ in their conceptions of the ideas, due to the prevailing economic ideas of their times and the problem they were trying to solve, they however agreed that the ultimate end of society is justice and that a society where people can relate with one another on basis of equality is a desirable one. The paper concludes by agreeing with both philosophers that as far as human nature continues to be what it is, equality of persons and property is only a facade

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