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Jiaxi Yu POSC 207 02 Professor Nathan Dean 02/01/2018 1. Why would it be irrational for individual people in the Hobbesian state of nature to keep their promise not to attack others in a truce agreement? The reason is exactly the same as the prisoner’s dilemma. Because if A and B agrees on not attacking each other, than A thinks that if I do not attack then no matter what the decision is on B’s hand. But if A attacks than no matter what A is not in the worst situation which is 4 and is possible to get the best situation which is 1. So it is irrational for individual people in the Hobbesian state of nature to keep their promise not to attack others in a truce agreement. (Hampton p44) 2. Why, according to Hampton, does the Hobbesian social contract argument fail? Because even the people alienate their power but they can pick their power at any time when they feel the sovereign is not giving the benifit and protection they want. (Hampton p52)
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