Lecture 21 - What are humans naturally like(Hobbes Hobbes...

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What are humans naturally like? (Hobbes) Hobbes: They always want more than they have, and more than others have, and so they are always unhappy. They are constantly afraid of losing what they have, and so are always trying to figure out how to keep others at bay. They are weak, fearful, unhappy, constrained, jealous, and always scheming.
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What are humans naturally like? Powerful “Since a savage man’s body is the only instrument he knows, he employs it for a variety of purposes that, for lack of practice, ours are incapable of serving. And our industry deprives us of the force and agility that necessity obliges him to acquire. If he had had an axe, would his wrists break such strong branches? If he had had a sling, would he throw a stone with so much force? If he had had a ladder, would he climb a tree so nimbly? If he had had a horse, would he run so fast?” (Discourse, 20)
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What are humans naturally like? Healthy and happy “The extreme inequality in our lifestyle: excessive idleness among some, excessive labor among others; the ease with which we arouse and satisfy our appetites and our sensuality; the overly refined foods of the wealthy …; the bad food of the poor, who most of the time do not have even that …; … countless sorrows and afflictions
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This note was uploaded on 06/16/2011 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Ram during the Summer '11 term at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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Lecture 21 - What are humans naturally like(Hobbes Hobbes...

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