Hobbes and Engels

Hobbes and Engels - General Studies at NSG Do we really...

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General Studies at NSG Do we really need a government?
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Thomas Hobbes   ‘The Leviathan’ (1651) Friedrich Engels ‘Origins of the  Family, Private Property and  the State’ (1884)
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Hobbes’ question How is social order possible? Hobbes aimed to produce evidence for  why we need a government based on  rational argument and evidence without  reference to the ‘divine right of kings’
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Hobbes’ assumptions: All men seek to avoid death and injury Because men want a happy life, they seek  sufficient power to ensure that happy life All men have a ‘restless desire for power’ This leads to an ‘equality of hope in the  achieving of our aims’
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Hobbes’ assumptions: Without a power able to enforce rules, there  is chaos and misery 3 causes of conflict men fight for gain men fight for security men fight for reputation
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Implications  Everyone is pulled into a constant competitive struggle  for power  the natural state of man is a war of all against all (‘the  state of nature’) People are insecure, and live in a constant fear of injury 
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course SOC 111 taught by Professor Brown,r during the Winter '08 term at BYU.

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