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February 22, 2008 Hobbes’s Leviathan : The Social Contract 1. The State of Nature a. “a war of all against all” i. Brutal condition b. A thought experiment c. International relations i. If want to see how interact internationally, first look at states interaction d. Civil War i. When political authority is called into question ii. When no one knows who has the authority iii. When it breaks down, find a situation in which everyone pursues their own self interest e. How Bad is it? i. Its really bad ii. “..which is worst of all, continual dear and danger of violent death, and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty and brutish and short” (pg.76) iii. Without authority 1. No distinction of property 2. No just/unjust 3. Nothing like this comes “naturally” a. Not naturally social b. Not naturally political f. More evidence of our rationally, self-interested Nature? i. Introspection 1. Looking into yourselves 2. If want to understand humans, look at yourself 3. Because the rest of mankind is driven by the same kind of passions and desires
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2. Hobbes’s View of Power a. Everyone is after power b. Why? c.
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course POLY SCI 1 taught by Professor Digeser during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.

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