Hobbes Day III

Hobbes Day III - Western Political Thought II Hobbes Day...

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Western Political Thought II 2/5/08 Hobbes: Day III Gives the Leviathan unlimited means to establish the goals of civil peace Argues that most of us are prudent, self-interested individuals First Law of Nature: One ought to sue for peace… It should be an automatic response to form the social contract o What is the difficulty of forming a political association? We don’t naturally associate There is another type of person o One who seeks glory, power and wealth who are willing to risk their own self- preservation Everyone should be prudent and self-interested o They need to become more commercially oriented But not become caught up with religious zealots or wars o Their fear of the zealots and warlords They will undermine civil peace if given the opportunity to do so Hobbes is trying to replace the church with the state Create a sovereignty with one will and sole authority One covenant precludes another The Leviathan is a “mortal god” o The sovereign means ultimate authority on civil and social conduct o The foundation of this is our human will
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