PoliSciFebruary24

PoliSciFebruary24 - Political Science Lecture Notes...

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Political Science Lecture Notes February 24, 2008 Hobbes’ Leviathan Hobbes’ Solution: The Social Contract o How do you get out of the state of nature? o Everyone equal, seeking power. This creates the state of nature. o Options that Hobbes’ Rejects Appeal to Natural Law: No law in state of nature. No one has the right to command anyone else. Appeal to Natural Rights The state of nature and right to self- preservation. Alienable rights o Right to government Inalienable o Cannot escape state of nature using force o Solution: We cannot agree on what is ultimately good, but what is ultimately evil. There is fear Solution is a social contract The only way out is if we surrender our rights to govern ourselves. Everyone lays down the right to govern themselves. Surrender alienable rights. Contract is the same for all. No writing in of special provisions. The contract could be tacit
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