Rights are the province of all human beings. Natural rights stem from the reality that a person exists. In the writings of the British Empiricist John Locke, An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding and Two Treats of Government, he argues that natural law and natural rights are inherent to man's being. By contrast Thomas Hobbs in his work, Leviathan, viewed the nature of man is not endowed with intrinsic rights that could be based upon natural law, but rights are a creation of state power.
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