In Leviathan - InLeviathan,.He stateofwar,, power.However,

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In  Leviathan , Hobbes elaborates on the nature of man and justifies absolutist rule. He  argues that human nature is inherently bad and that humans will remain in a constant a  state of war, vying for power and material resources, unless awed by a single great  power. However, Hobbes also claims that any group of men who ascend to positions of  great power will be prone to abusing it, seeking more power than necessary for the  stability of society. Thus, he reasons, a single absolute ruler is better than an oligarchy  or democracy; because that ruler’s wealth and power is largely equivalent to the wealth  and power of the nation, he will seek to lead the nation on a stable and prosperous  course. Hobbes claims that this sovereign’s main duty is to provide protection to the  citizens and that if he fails at that task, allegiance may be transferred to another. An atheist, Hobbes long argued that religion is useful as a propaganda machine for the 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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In Leviathan - InLeviathan,.He stateofwar,, power.However,

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