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1/25/08 Thomas Hobbes Natalie Diaz Thomas Hobbes (1588- 1679) What was Hobbes’ view of human nature? Hobbes believes that human beings are machines in which every thought, sensation, action which can be related to and explained through mechanical terms. For example because human beings are machines, our nerves act as wires that make up the human nervous system. For you to understand that you are picking up a pencil, you first touch it which sends signals up to the brain, which allows you to perceive that it is indeed a pencil in which you are picking up. Thus experience/encounter is needed for processing. He also believed that it is human nature to create warfare when we act independent and self-centered with no regard for others. He believes the only way to escape the inevitable conflict is to come to a mutual agreement where both side give up their self- interest to gain an advantage that can only be provided by co-existing. 1
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