RHET 120 Hobbes Questions - Reading Questions for Leviathan...

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Reading Questions for Leviathan , by Thomas Hobbes, on page 119. Hint: This is a difficult selection, probably the toughest we’ll read this term. What worked for me was to read each paragraph twice and highlight what I understood. Then, next to each paragraph, I wrote a statement that summed up the paragraph’s main idea. You might try something similar. 1. Read the headnote carefully. Write down 3-4 important facts that you believe will help you understand this reading. Thomas Hobbes: 1) One of England’s greatest political philosophers 2) Social Contracts 3) State of Nature: horrible 2. Read the first three paragraphs of the text. What conditions, according to Hobbes, result in men becoming enemies? Men become enemies under two conditions: equality of ability & equality of hope. 3. According to Hobbes, what three causes put men (and women) in a perpetual state of conflict? The three principle causes of quarrel: 1) competition, 2) diffidence, and 3) glory 4. How does Hobbes define war? How does he define peace?
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