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    The state of nature refers to human nature, where there is naturally liberty and no external impediment to human behaviour. Hobbes pessimistic portrayal of life in a hypothetical state as “solitary, poore, nasty, brutish and short” hinges on the assumption of self-interested and competitive individualism. He indicates his preference for unadulterated absolutism by an artificially appointed sovereign because by nature, then, our method of knowing the world is solipsistic. His arguments are centred on egoism and self-preservation under the state of nature and how it ultimately leads to a state of war. Firstly, Hobbes argues that under the state of nature, human beings are egoistic individuals who continually seek to satisfy their desires. There…

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    The state is a system of authority over a group of people, usually in the arrangement of a formal government, meant to organize the people and resolve conflicts between individuals. This paper will explore the ways the state of nature justifies the creation of the state as the state of nature is the world without a government. The state of nature is the alternative to the state since it lacks a system of authority. Specifically, the Hobbesian state of nature will be used for this argument since…

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    overcome by human will. Despite all the negativity created by humans, Rousseau still strongly believed that any evil could be redeemed through the reconstitution of the state on ethical principles (Boucher& Kelly, 2009). Rousseau attempts to explore what it entails to live a good life. Through his findings, he asserts that freedom is central to being human (Levine, 2002). Rousseau believes that “ the state of nature is neither a social nor a moral condition since nature gives us no…

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    Locke mentions “the state of nature” more than once in his passage. What is his point of central aim in discussing “the state of nature?” The state of nature, according to Locke, is that all creatures are made equal, therefore they all deserve to be treated equally. However, Locke argues that even though humans have a right to their state of nature, they must secure their liberties with a government that will protect them. This concept of the state of nature that Locke sets up is the…

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    According to Locke, State of nature is a state where all people are equal and independent, and this state gives a right to the other believers/followers to punish the transgressors of that state. Locke believes that the state of nature, a state that excludes any law, includes morality. Morality is about respecting each others rights and people who possess this quality, know the distinction between right and wrong. Locke expects every person to possess this quality even when there is no law…

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    John Locke, believed that in the original state of nature, Men exist in their natural condition. While Hobbes advanced a state of nature in which there was war between contending individuals for the scarce resources available, concluding that the state is the only possible check human nature. The state of nature that Locke describes is one of "equality, wherein all power and jurisdiction is reciprocal, no one having more than another" (263). It does not give men license to do absolutely anything…

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    The state of nature is a theory used in moral and political philosophy, belief, social contract theories and universal law in order to specify the estimated circumstances regarding what humanity was like before societies came into existence. Locke and Hobbes were both social contract theorists and shared a similarity of both being interested in natural law. Natural law theorists anticipated that under natures circumstances, man was measured as a social animal. However, Hobbes differed from the…

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    over others lies in man’s existence in the State of Nature. In this state, man is permitted to do what is necessary for his own survival. This implies an overarching right to anything and everything, including the use of one’s power to better himself (and resultingly worsen someone else) in an effort to survive. Under certain circumstances this right to everything, according to Hobbes, is relinquished to escape the State of Nature, which is the only way to establish peace and security. I will…

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    and Hobbes brought forth the concept of the state of nature and the social contract. Both differ on what the state of nature is but both agree that people had to come together and agree to give up some of their natural rights to live in a society. So what is the state of nature? In the simplest…

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    which questions the existence of government and discusses his theories about how men behave with government and without, and why it is important to have a state of sovereignty. Being philosophical writers both in the same time era, they often had different perspectives. One aspect they both agreed on is that they believed that there had to be some kind of government in place so that people would behave. “They have all argued that outside of civilized society, i.e. in a “state of nature,”…

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