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AJOL and the millions of African and international researchers who rely on our free services are deeply grateful for your contribution. Your donation is guaranteed to directly contribute to Africans sharing their research output with a global readership. Skip to main content Skip to main navigation menu Skip to site footer. This paper examines the contractarian theories of Hobbes and Locke in their attempts to identify the conditions for social order. Deploying a critical and comparative method, the paper identifies the failure of the two theories to recognize the complexity of human nature, a complexity which forecloses the plausibility of a descriptive straitjacket. Consequently, the paper highlights the imperatives of social order in a manner that accommodates the complexity of human nature.
It is difficult to perceive how Hobbes thinks men, as unsociable and selfish as they are, can come together to live in a society. Throughout his work it is quite clear that the English philosopher believes that men are not born to be sociable and that it is not in their nature to seek a life together. Yet, he firmly believes that they will eventually create an absolute sovereign entity to govern all men. How is it possible then, that men choose to give up their rights and live under a sovereign that implements laws and punishments, rather than stay in their state of nature where they are free to do and get whatever they want? It is one of the many arguments that one finds very contradictory in the Leviathan. Nonetheless, through a deeper analysis of this work, it is possible to understand how this shift happens.
Instead, he sees human nature as the restless striving for power after power that has no end and therefore no happiness or perfection. Today, natural law is not discussed very much, at least not explicitly. All rights reserved. The materialist account also strengthens the case against the Aristotelian-Thomistic view of man as a rational and social animal naturally suited by language and friendship to live in a political community. Leviathan and the air-pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the experimental life : including a translation of Thomas Hobbes, Dialogus physicus de natura aeris by Simon Schaffer Princeton University Press Steven Shapin , Simon Schaffer , Thomas Hobbes Enter the email address you signed up with and we'll email you a reset link. This paper. A short summary of this paper.
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The 17 th Century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes is now widely regarded as one of a handful of truly great political philosophers, whose masterwork Leviathan rivals in significance the political writings of Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, and Rawls. He is infamous for having used the social contract method to arrive at the astonishing conclusion that we ought to submit to the authority of an absolute—undivided and unlimited—sovereign power. While his methodological innovation had a profound constructive impact on subsequent work in political philosophy, his substantive conclusions have served mostly as a foil for the development of more palatable philosophical positions. Readers new to Hobbes should begin with Leviathan , being sure to read Parts Three and Four, as well as the more familiar and often excerpted Parts One and Two. Hobbes sought to discover rational principles for the construction of a civil polity that would not be subject to destruction from within.
In the following text we aim to present a proposal of interpretation of Hobbes's work from sociobiology viewpoint. Despite the fact it may strike some at first as an anachronism or straightforward wrong, reading the philosopher of Mamelsbury from a sociobiological perspective, can shed light on some particular aspects of his argument, particularly those referring to the construction of human nature and its influence on the modulation of the state of nature and on the justification of authority and political obligation.
The state of nature , in moral and political philosophy , religion , social contract theories and international law, is the hypothetical life of people before societies came into existence. In some versions of social contract theory, there are no rights in the state of nature, only freedoms, and it is the contract that creates rights and obligations. In other versions the opposite occurs: the contract imposes restrictions upon individuals that curtail their natural rights. Societies existing before or without a political state are currently studied in such fields as paleolithic history , and the anthropological subfields of archaeology , cultural anthropology , social anthropology , and ethnology , which investigate the social and power-related structures of indigenous and uncontacted peoples. Though this has been criticized as an essentialist view and othering like with the concept of the noble savage. The early Warring States philosopher Mozi was the first thinker in history to develop the idea of the state of nature.
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