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Unformatted text preview: Shannon Crane Political Philosophy Hobbes Presentation 3-14-06 The State of Human Nature A law of nature is a precept, or general rule, found out by reason, by which a man is forbidden to do, that, which is destructive of his life. Law is something that currently governs almost every aspect of our human lives, yet even with such bearing, it is an aspect we oft think little about. Under modern pretenses, taken for granted norms about how are lives are run are overlooked as we succumb to the system as victims of comfort, mediums of active law, yet beings, passive in questioning. In Leviathan , Thomas Hobbes debates the factions of our government from the perspective of an unbound human and also as the habitant of a commonwealth. A society residing solely under the influences of nature is not a society at all according to Hobbes. With no restrictions on behavior in place, the environment would be one of constant fear and isolation, as the sole purpose of life becomes survival at every...
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