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Predictably, this fails to check the corruption in the society. Instead, it is like replacing one gang of robbers with another as the following passage taken from a scene after the coup reveals: Two happen. New men would take into their hands the power to steal the nation’s riches and to use it for their own satisfaction. New people would use the country’s power to get rid of men and women who talked a language that did not ﬂatter them. That would only be a continuation of the Ghanaian way of life.
It is for this that men agree to ‘the mutual transferring of right’. : 185), ‘either man or council, that whatsoever his will is in those things which are necessary to the common peace, it be received for the wills of all men in general, and of every one in particular’. It is this union that becomes a civil society or a city. : 186). Society and sovereign come into existence together as a result of the covenant. There are two aspects of the social contract. First, the people agree among themselves to give up their rights.
Are mankind’s actions controlled by superior forces or governed by free will? To what extent can mankind interpret and understand reality? Does mankind have any relationship with the divine? If so, what is the place of mankind in the universe of the divine? ’ 21 Literature as philosophy Unrelated issues Philosophy and literature both probe the relation between things ordinarily not perceived as related. The philosopher, through sustained insight, can reconcile extreme concepts, such as appearance and reality, time and eternity, free will and determinism, freedom and responsibility.