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though of the week- hobbes

though of the week- hobbes - Barbara Georges Contemporary...

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Barbara Georges Contemporary Ethical Issues Professor Swota 1/28/08 Thought of the Week Hobbes would agree that the murder committed on Parker in the Dudley and Stevens case was morally acceptable. Hobbes seems to think that there isn’t anything wrong with people being as selfish as they can in order to survive. All of the men on the boat were in competition for their lives which led to the murder of Parker. Obviously Parker was the man on the boat with the least amount of power. According to Hobbes the ability to survive requires the largest amount of power whether it be power in terms of brawn or brain. In this case, the murder of Parker was a matter of self-preservation of the other shipmates who ate him. Hobbes accepts that the right to survive can simply become an unrestricted right to an anti-social behavior. As a result Dudley and Stevens cannibalistic behavior upon parker was a solution to self preservation therefore, morally acceptable according to Hobbes
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Thomas Hobbes justifies morality on the basis that ultimately it promotes self-interest.
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