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    Referencing three theorists from different eras, compare and contrast their views of the nature of man. How, in each case, did those views influence their theories of politics? Your job is to establish the causal link between a thinker's assumptions about human nature and his political philosophy - not merely to describe that philosophy.

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    I am going to outline the views of the nature of man to the political theories of three, Des Cartes, Aristotle, and Freud. From these you should be able to complete by choosing the similarities and differences as you see them. Theories are used to explain situations. So they are, in many cases, individualized interpretations of how one can explain the situation. With this in mind, you should edit the theories and links based on your own thoughts and knowledge, in other words, how you would interpret them.

    Freud - Modern times. Died within the time of Hitler invasions, forcing a dying Freud to leave his home and flee. Freud said human nature is always a conflict between the subconscious (id), the conscious (Ego), and the SuperEgo (which uses guilt to control the id). Most people work through life on repressing their instincts and other aspects such as guilt, memories, and fantasies. The id is responsible for most of what we are, but we are in tune with this. The Superego controls this subconscious thought. For individuals like Hitler, the Superego is not used effectively to control the id's determination. Other leaders have varying degrees of superego control over the id, but as leaders, the id is strong and controls rational ...

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    How three philosophers of the nature of man translates into their political theories.