Essay heading: Myth in Political Theory

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And to protect that property more effectively, he enters into a social contract with others. The motivation for political life, then, is not duty or love of justice, but simple self-interest. As with Hobbes this is a form of foundationalism. For Locke, all that exists ultimately are individuals and their needs or wants...
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For Locke, all that exists ultimately are individuals and their needs or wants. We know better than anyone else what we want or need and no one else can tell us what will make us happy. That means that we do not need to look at someone else with special wisdom or virtue to be rulers. The individuals' desires form the foundation for political philosophy...
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