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Offer an analysis of chapter 13 of Hobbess Leviathan.,. Your analysis might include the following: What are the crucial elements contributed by this chapter? What does Hobbes understand by our natural condition?Are there any unwarranted ass

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Assignment 2.Offer an analysis of chapter 13 of Hobbes's Leviathan. You should use continuous prose for this, not bullet points or a list. Your analysis might include the following: 1. What are the crucial elements contributed by this chapter? 2. What does Hobbes understand by our natural condition? 3. Are there any unwarranted assumptions or logical inconsistencies in the argument in this chapter? Can you identify any inconsistencies in Hobbes' reasoning? 4. Do you find the claims advanced here especially convincing or flawed? If so, why? Thomas Hobbes, an English Philosopher from the 17th century, wrote a book on the topic of human nature and also its connection to the government. In chapter 13 of Hobbes Leviathan, Hobbes talks about how men of nature are all equal to one another. ...read more.

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As an equal in culture and society in which he resides, every man thinks he ought to be able to have whatever he wants, even when others yearn the same. These men will strive for the object of interest, alongside with all others who desire the same object, ultimately resulting in war and man against man. The nature of man is described as three component, competition, diffidence and glory. These are the natural state of man. Each man possesses these components in order to gain power or success. As mentioned before, man will compete and ultimately fight in war. Furthermore, Hobbes talks about natural condition if mankind. Natural condition of mankind is what would be if there were no civilization, no government, no laws, and no common power to control human nature. ...read more.

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Hobbes claims that man will compete with man in order to get what he wants, but for peace man must give up some of his desires because he fears death. The problem here is that if man is equal to man and we think (naturally) alike, why should one have to give up his desires? Surely competition can be healthy bringing about success. If every man gave up some desires then they would be at the bottom of their field. If competition and glory are natural then how is it possible to change this? Natural states are pure and embedded in man thus, instead of trying to prevent development of these qualities it should be encouraged to maximize human ability. Yet, Hobbes argument of man vs. man is convincing in hindsight. Men do compete and ultimately leads to rivalry and war. But, humans are fundamentally driven by happiness and the principle of giving up their desires and goals would be idyllic but isn't realistic. ...read more.

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