Hobbesevaluation - In Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan, a...

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In Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan , a hypothetical society is created and described under certain conditions and scenarios. In a Hobbesian society, humans live foremost and almost solely for their own self-interest. In his view of human nature, we constantly seek more power, security, and material goods. We are inherently untrusting, selfish, and cynical. Ironically, this is a very cynical viewpoint, and one must question its accuracy. I don’t think Hobbes’ view of human beings is entirely accurate; perhaps it was more so at the time. I believe we’ve grown to the point where most of us would not compete so readily. I think the Hippie movement is a relatively good example of this in action. There was no over-arching leader. It was essentially anarchy, yet there was an immense value in community and cooperation. I believe humanity has reached the point where the rules of society are engrained in us so deeply that even amidst a “state of nature” we would adhere to traditional social law. Another great example of society functioning without any sort of sovereign
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course PHIL 123 taught by Professor Gregshaefer during the Spring '07 term at CSB-SJU.

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