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Hobbes and the State of Nature Hobbes’ fundamental view: Nothing could possibly be worse than life without the protection of the state. We need strong government to prevent the state of nature. What exactly is so bad about the Hobbesian state of nature? -Human nature, without the threat of punishment from a sovereign, will inevitably lead us into a war of all against all.
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Hobbes and the State of Nature How does it work? - We all constantly aim at “felicity”, or success in achieving the objects of our own desires. This pursuit inevitably steers us toward conflict with one another. Why think this? Two problems: We can never reach a state of complete satisfaction in this pursuit, and moreover a person “cannot assure the power and means to live well, which he hath present, without the acquisition of more”.
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Hobbes and the State of Nature It gets worse! -We are all equal in our ability to kill one another. -“The weakest has strength enough to kill
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