180F007 - Contractarianism Hobbes Modern Political...

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Contractarianism: Hobbes
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Modern Political Philosophy and the Enlightenment Time of revolutions in science and politics Reason and science vs. faith Political philosophy dominated by idea of consent
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Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) English political philosopher Educated at Oxford To found deductive science of human nature and politics English Civil War (1642-1648)
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Human nature and Good and evil Human psychology and physiology make us self-interested Lack of objective knowledge implies right reason is social Good/evil is subjective Humans neither good nor evil by nature
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The State of Nature Equality of humans in the state of nature Equality of hope to attain one’s ends Three causes of quarrel: competition diffidence glory
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Prisoner’s Dilemma Prisoner #2 Confess Don’t Confess Confess 10yrs, 10yrs free, life Pris #1 Don’t life, free 1yr, 1yr
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nature a war of all against all
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course PHIL 180 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '07 term at Kansas.

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