Hobbes Day II

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

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Western Political Thought II 1/31/08 Hobbes: Day II Hobbes is making the argument that humanity is a specific configuration of atoms that is in movement in a world where there are all sorts of bodies in movement o Humanity seeks to move towards the objects that give pleasure, and avoid those that give pain Reason is used to calculate what will give us pleasure and pain Virtuous behavior gets us the objects we desire Vicious behavior gets us the objects we wish to avoid Life is a successful pursuit of objects and constant movement How do we interact with each other? Objects are the most important State of Nature o Alternative argument to Genesis and replace the church with the state as the source of regulating civil conduct and interactions amongst people o Our equality is a source of problems Almost all of us are physically equal o Most of us are characterized by prudence o Most of us are similar in our goals These lead to competition, mistrust and quest for glory We live in a state of fear with one another and are concerned that one will attain more than another and take things away from us This competition occurs when there is no higher authority o He argues that we’re moving back into a state of perpetual war There is no industry because everyone is in conflict, or in preparation for it There is no culture There is no knowledge
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