18 Human Nature and the State

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Unformatted text preview: sh Civil Wars, 1642­1651 English Civil Wars, Hobbes on human nature Hobbes on human nature • We are all equal ­ all can kill each other • The ‘state of nature’ is ‘the scrimmage of all against all’ • “The life of man is nasty, poor, solitary, brutish, and short.” • Only a ‘common power’ formed by a contract can prevent this constant strife Evolution of the Modern State Evolution of the Modern State • Breakup of Roman Empire – Feuda...
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