Sep 15 - Essay & Hobbes Summary

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1 Summary of Politics 1020E Lecture 3: Essay & Hobbes (September 15, 2011) The third lecture contains two distinct parts. The first part outlines the requirements and expectations for the 2,000-word essay (due Friday November 11, 2011). The essay advice and the essay assignment itself can be found in the appropriate section of this OWL site , so they won’t be repeated here. The second part of the lecture introduces the state of nature and Hobbes’s particular approach to this thought experiment. One way we can learn whether or not the state is a worthwhile institution is to ask what life would be like without it. The ‘state of nature’ is this hypothetical ‘no state’ situation, although Hobbes is not
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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.

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