Agreement breaker with other individuals but the

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agreement-breaker with other individuals, but the agreement-breaker would be unlikely to have followers because of their inscrutable and untrustworthy reputation. Therefore maintaining agreements, even without regulation, remain to be the optimal strategy to preserve one’s life in the State of Nature (King, Hobbes: Justice and Agreements). One may argue that though there are no specific inconsistencies with Hobbes’ theory, the fact that his entire claim rests upon reasonableness and a rational person, it does not account for the situations in which people are triggered by passion or insanity. As in such cases they would not be able to choose the course of action that would be most fruitful for themselves and their survival, it is not successful in a State of Nature or a leviathan. However, Hobbes’ assumptions are for the theoretically rational human being, and so there are still no inconsistencies in his theory. Additionally, he still promotes presence of a government, and that process of control is available people who work outside of the covenants of an agreement as well as those who are unable to function safely within a society. The argument of following agreements even if unenforced is to show how it is actually to the benefit of humans acting in a State of Nature as well, which still proves to be true. It is only that the unreasonable or irrational person would be unable to perceive it as thus.
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Hobbes’ argument that people would abide by the covenant even without the presence of the government strengthens the importance of cooperation of people through agreements. Without it, there would be a stronger emphasis on the presence of an external, impartial but fair overlord. Instead, he addresses the issue between people themselves, the problems that arise within situations where they do not adhere to on one another. This is reinforced as it does not allow one to fully adapt the Law of Nature, where man would do what is required to preserve their life. In this way, Hobbes is able to show that a reasonable human would still keep their agreement because of the inherent behaviour within the State of Nature, as well as choosing the most beneficial course of action. Works Cited Hobbes. Leviathan . Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc., 1994.
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King, Peter. "Leviathan". Isabel Bader Theatre, Toronto. Jan. 2013. Lecture.
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