Imagine a small town occupied by enemy forces during a war. The resistance has been active in this town, and the leader of the occupying troops calls all of the townspeople together and announces that all men between the ages of fifteen and sixty-five are to be executed. In response to the pleas of the citizenry, he modifies his order and announces that he will permit most of the men to live on condition that the mayor choose three men from the town’s population and kill them himself, publicly, as an example to the others.
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Hobbs thought that we should give our obedience to an unaccountable sovereign (a person or group empowered to decide every social and political issue). With the absence of any other formal government or monarchy (telling the people to do otherwise like resist the occupiers) I would think he would agree to the mayor killing three people. This would avoid unnecessary chaos later.
Aristotle believed that the good of the many out weigh the good of the few so it would seem that he would agree to the new scenario.
Thank you aslan! Having a little trouble w it. suppose to write a 6 page paper on this.