Thomas Hobbes: The State Of Nature

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Hobbes believes our natural condition is extremely dangerous. When humans remain in their natural condition, every man is at war against every other man. Hobbes believes that our natural condition is the state of nature which is the stare of war. In the state of nature, there is no government and therefore no laws. Men are able to do anything they want. Hobbes thinks humans are inherently selfish and competitive creatures, and that they will stop at nothing to get what they want. The state of nature is a state of anarchy, lawlessness, and chaos. Hobbes does believe the state of nature is a good way to live. You have no protection or peace of mind. Your property could be taken from you at any moment, someone could try and kill. You are always paranoid and are in a constant state of fear. As a result, people are acting out of fear rather…show more content…
This natural right he is talking about is the right of self-preservation. Hobbes’ believes all humans want to avoid death. All of our passions and our reason tell us to do whatever we can to stay alive. Hobbes’ says that humans cannot do anything that could harm themselves and can act in self-defense when their life is being threatened. It is their natural right to do anything in their power to survive, even if that means they are killing someone else. Humans are programmed to avoid pain and are averse to death. The worst possible outcome for humans is death, and it is agreed upon that death is the worst evil. Nature gives human this natural right. People in the state of nature do not have the right to other’s bodies. Even though you have the right to everything, you’re not allowed to hurt other people. If you threaten another person’s life, they will then have the right to kill you. You have autonomy over your own body and you make your own choices, but you don’t have rights to other bodies. They are their own person with their own

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