Unformatted text preview: alone in believing that civil war approximates this hypothetical picture. Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) argues that the worst imaginable condition for human beings is to be without a recognized state authority. His thought experiment outlines how, in this condition, human beings would be led to a “war of all against all.” Human beings seek felicity and power, are predominantly self-regarding, status-conscious, death-averse, and equally vulnerable to one another. This equality, along with scarcity and uncertainty, would lead individuals to attack others before others attack them. They would attack for gain, safety, and reputation. (We continue with Hobbes at the beginning of the next lecture.)...
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course POLISCI 1020E taught by Professor Charlesjones during the Fall '11 term at UWO.
- Fall '11
- Political Science