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Fran├žois-Marie Arouet also know by many as Voltaire led a very interesting life. He was dedicated to satirical poetry and was known as a great philosopher of his time. He promoted in many ways the ideas of John Locke, a great english philosopher of freedom (Hewett, Caspar). Voltaire was also a contemporary of Thomas Hobbes who contributed much to philosophies that would shape the United States of America. The discussion on Human Nature brought into question by Candide is still alive today.

In the arena of International Relations, the debate between realism and liberalism is still very much alive. Thomas Hobbes a realist philosopher viewed human nature in the same way that Voltaire expresses it in Candide. Hobbes believed that man was solitary, selfish and brutish by nature and founded a school of thought called Realism. These beliefs are intensely debated by another group, commonly called Liberals (not in the American political sense). Liberalism holds the view that man has an enlightened soul, and that they are inately good. Each of these views characterize a pattern of policy and philosophy in the study of International Relations.

Sources Cited:
Hewett, Caspar. "The Life of Voltaire." The Great Debate. August 2006. The Great Debate. 5 June 2008.