ILS Paper May 1st - Pier 1 Dan Pier Professor Avramenko ILS...

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Dan Pier Professor Avramenko ILS 206 May 1, 2007 Views of “State of Nature” Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau are arguably two of the greatest thinkers of our time. While they may both hold that status, that doesn’t mean that their thoughts and philosophies always share common ground. In fact, the two philosophers’ thoughts often diverge on many topics, most notably, the view of man’s “state of nature”. In Hobbes’ Leviathan and Rousseau’s The First and Second Discourses , both of these men share their thoughts on the natural state of mankind, display why they engage in these thought processes by concluding what the problem is with the current state of things and how it should be fixed, and give us ample divergent thinking and philosophizing allowing us to conclude which of the two views of the “state of nature” is the view that correctly identifies reality. Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau have differing views on the natural state of man, yet they both contain ideas that are equally riveting. Hobbes view on the natural state that man lives in is by far the more pessimistic view of the two thinkers. Hobbes states that the situation in which natural man lives in spawns “continual fear, and danger of violent death” (Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan , 186). In other words, there is no peace in the minds of those living in their natural states. Letting one’s guard down is not only a bad decision, but in most cases, a fatal one. Rousseau contrasts this idea by laying out what he makes of the natural state of man. He states that natural man’s “desires do not exceed his physical needs” Pier 1
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(Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The First and Second Discourses , 116). He also claims that his soul is “agitated by nothing” (Rousseau, 117) and “given over to the sole sentiment of its present existence without any idea of the future” (117). This is far different than Hobbes’ “fight or flight” mentality that he attributes to his natural man. Rousseau’s being is quite content. He lives in a state of frugality. Both sets of characteristics used to describe each thinker’s natural man help to show what kind of life each being lives. The way that Hobbes’
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2008 for the course ILS 206 taught by Professor Avramenko during the Winter '07 term at University of Wisconsin.

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