Hobbes’ argument in favor of ceding all rights of self-government to the civil authority

Hobbes’ argument in favor of ceding all rights of self-government to the civil authority

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-1 4. Explain Hobbes’ argument in favor of ceding all rights of self-government to the civil authority. Do you find this argument to be sound? Why or why not? In nature Hobbes notes that men are essentially equal in ability but that this inevitably leads to an equality of hope in attaining their ends. However, men can become enemies when they both desire the same thing. Hobbes argues that men will attack others for gain, safety, and reputation in nature. In nature man is constantly at war with one another.
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Unformatted text preview: Thus, the basic social contract of the commonwealth must put power in the hands of one sovereign authority with power to punish those who break the contract. In turn, men are impelled to keep their contracts by fear which helps the commonwealth to function. The sovereign is to do whatever necessary for the defense of the commonwealth and the people cede their personal rights to the sovereign for this purpose....
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course PHL 318K taught by Professor Forget during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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