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3rd paper again - 1 Caffrey Francis Dr Felis M/W/F...

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1 Caffrey Francis Dr. Felis November 10, 2010 M/W/F: 11:00-11:50 “I pledge that I have neither given nor received any unauthorized aid on this paper.” Signed: Caffrey Francis Hobbes argument on Human Desires and Equal Vulnerability In Thomas Hobbes essay, Leviathan , he explains how human ends spring from desires are universal because our desires stem from obtaining power. Hobbes essay focuses on human desires and equal vulnerability. When Hobbes explains his argument, he backs his argument by focusing on human’s desire for power, various ways that show humans are selfish, and the resentful emotion humans feel when they owe something to another human which they are unable to pay back. These three key elements that Hobbes focuses on helps him explain his overall essay which is human desires and their equal vulnerability. Although Hobbes makes an excellent argument, I think Hobbes missed a crucial aspect in humanities selfishness that Machiavelli clearly states in his essay, The Prince . Machiavelli describes human nature in two ways. First, humans are selfish to the extent that they will break the bonds of love and trust. He then goes on to say humans are willing to deceive themselves in order to believe what they think is right. When Hobbes explains the various ways that humans are selfish he focuses on the reason why people obey which is not because they think it is right but
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2 because it is easier. As I continue, I will not only explain Hobbes’ claim that human desires and equal vulnerability is universal, but also objections against one of Hobbes three key elements, humans selfishness, which helps him explain his overall argument.
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