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  • State of Nature

    What is the state of nature? The state of nature is a term in political philosophy that describes a circumstance prior to the state and society’s establishment. Philosophers‚ mainly social contract theory philosophers‚ and political thinkers such as Thomas Hobbes‚ John Locke‚ and Jean Jacques Rousseau discussed and considered the "state of nature" as a starting point to their political and philosophical ideas. John Locke‚ whose work influenced the American Declaration of Independence‚ believes that

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  • Humans in the state of Nature

    Humans in the State of Nature There are many theories about how humans used to be‚ before a state or any form of government was involved. Many imagine that we were in a State of Nature‚ which is where no political power exists‚ no laws or government. These theories were brought on to answer the questions‚ “Why do we need a state‚ and what would things be like without a state?” Many philosophers have given their views on what humans would be like in the state of nature. Thomas Hobbes‚ John Locke

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  • Hobbesian State of Nature

    Thomas Hobbes attempted to justify the existence of a state by describing what life would be like without one in his book Leviathan. The central argument in the book describes the conditions that would exist in a state of nature—at a time where there would be no organized government or no laws to influence human behavior. Throughout the book Hobbes attempts to justify his claims about what a state of nature would be like with arguments that are false when examined closely. According to Hobbes‚

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  • Hobbes State of Nature

    CHAPTER THREE- THE ORIGIN OF THE STATE IN THOMAS HOBBES. 3.1 THE ANALYSIS OF HUMAN NATURE Hobbes’ analysis of human nature begins with passion‚ and sees it as the different forms of appetite and aversion. Man is moved to action not by his intellect or reason‚ but by his passions‚ and appetite or desires. PASSION The way one expresses his passion in speech differs from the way he expresses it in thought. According to Hobbes in the Leviathan: Passions may be expressed indicative; as I love

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  • State of nature and social contract

    contract and state of nature are two concepts that show how the government was created and how they make their rules in order for their people to be safe while still having freedom to do as they desire. A world that has not been introduced to civilization is a world that is in a wild primitive state. This world is a state of equality‚ where all powers of a human being is the same and no one has more than another. Although people get to live entirely free‚ this freedom is not a state of complete

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  • locke and hobbs state of nature

    Exam #1 1. Locks justification of private property can be summed by stating‚ the earth and all it possess is property to be used by people in common for their own benefit and existence. In Locke’s view‚ every individual must have private property rights In order to possess the property in common. To Locke‚ property also justifies and gives authority in terms of wages‚ land‚ and labor. Also in order to be justified‚ and individual must not possess more property then can be used for his benefit. This

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  • State of Nature: Hobbes and Locke

    development of England and the Americas. The topic and phrase “state of nature” is used and discussed significantly throughout. The similarities are shown extensively‚ but there are many differing views of opinion as well. While they both discuss how the state of nature is dangerous‚ Hobbes is more pessimistic‚ where Locke‚ on the other hand‚ discusses the potential benefits. Furthermore‚ Hobbes speaks about the state of nature as a hypothetical and Locke demonstrates shows us examples of where

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  • Thomas Hobbes State of Nature

    Thomas Hobbes’ “State of Nature” argument: Morality as a prerequisite for peaceful social co-existence I have chosen to write about what Thomas Hobbes’ calls “The State of Nature” and how morality is needed in order to maintain peace among different societies. I will begin by briefly describing “The State of Nature” argument and illuminate some of the basic features within this theoretical situation. Then‚ through the use of excerpts from Hobbes’ book The Leviathan I will give specific facts

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  • Hobbes State Of Nature Analysis

    Reading Question 1: Explain what Hobbes description of the state of nature is supposed to show and why. Hobbes description of the state of nature is supposed to show that society can have a life without government‚ rules‚ or a ruler. That everyone in a society is roughly equal and no matter how strong a person may be‚ they can be killed by another person or a group of people (Rader‚ n.d.). During his time‚ kings and other ruling classes were above the rest of society. This got Hobbes thinking of

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  • Rousseau and Hobbes' Conception of State of Nature

    Both Rousseau and Hobbes talked about state of nature but their understanding of state of nature and the first living of humanity is quite different from each other. Their views are similar in some points but mostly they contrast with each other. These differences in their thoughts are mainly because of their understanding of human nature and also their view of man. For Hobbes‚ state of nature is a state of war and because of this‚ every individual are against each other and because of their basic

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