Human’s are Inherently Competitive

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Human’s are Inherently Competitive

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April 2, 2017

Pick one prompts from below
1. Explain Marx’s theory of alienated/estranged labor and how it relates to his theory of human nature. Then explain the concept of a vocation. Some might argue that the problem of alienation can be solved within a capitalist structure by having a vocation. Is this argument correct? Why or why not? Be sure to consider opposing arguments.

2. Hobbes and Marx disagree on a fundamental point about human nature: Marx thinks that humans are inherently cooperative, while Hobbes thinks they are inherently competitive. Explain Hobbes’ view that humans are inherently competitive and that they only cooperate at times because of the social contract. Then explain Marx’s view that humans are inherently cooperative and that capitalist wage-labor forces them to be competitive. (Note: this part of your paper should be no more than half of the total word count, preferably less.) Which view is better, Marx’s or Hobbes’? Make sure in your defense to go beyond simply restating the view of the author you defend—give your own original arguments in support of him.

A suggested format for Essay 2
1. introduction
A summary/abstract of your entire paper. Always a good idea to write this last!
2. explanation of text
Same as in the structured essay (Essay 1).
3. explain your question (short)
Explain the question you are answering in the essay enough that the reader can understand why this is a problem.
4. thesis/defense
State your thesis and defend it.
5. objection (short)
Explain an objection to Part 4.
6. defense against objection
Defend your argument against the objection from Part 5.
7. conclusion
Sum up your paper in order to tie everything together for your reader.

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