• 2. The state of nature
  • 3. Escape from the state of nature
  • Hobbes’s notion of "Laws of Nature"

Thus, the radical metaphysical positions defended by Hobbes lead to a notably conservative political result, an endorsement of the paternalistic view.

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In the state of nature, each person's desires determines what is good and evil.
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Hobbes is an absolutist in the sense that there is no right to revolution on ideological grounds. There are rights to violently resist the state in order to save one’s own life. But no one has the right to overthrow the sovereign and install a new one or to change the form of the state from, say, monarchy to aristocracy.

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Contracts may be based on trust. Would such a contract work in the state of nature?
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On Hobbes's view, the formation of the commonwealth creates a new, artificial person (the Leviathan) to whom all responsibility for social order and public welfare is entrusted.


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The second type of contract is required in order to escape the state of nature.
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Hobbes is known as an absolutist: he maintained that the sovereign has absolute power. But what does that mean? And what are his arguments for absolutism?

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But Hobbes did not explain why the social contract has to work that way and there are good reasons why people might want to put conditions on the sovereign’s power or, at least, withhold their authorization from some of his actions.

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()As Hobbes acknowledged, this account of human nature emphasizes our animal nature, leaving each of us to live independently of everyone else, acting only in his or her own self-interest, without regard for others.

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The forms of absolutism that seem more objectionable concern the ordinary operations of the state and especially the relations between sovereigns and subjects. Hobbes claims that sovereigns can never forfeit their right to rule and that they cannot treat subjects unjustly, no matter what they do.

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In Hobbes’s opinion, that was exactly the combination of attitudes held by a crucial part of the governing classes in England that led to the Civil War. For instance, some of them thought they could have the state while limiting its powers to raise taxes: they reserved that power for Parliament, where they were pre-eminent.

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and the , however, rejected Hobbes’ argument that the government had absolute power over its subjects. Instead, the embraced ideas of the protection of and in the and

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I find it difficult to say what I think of Hobbes’s arguments concerning the ordinary operations of the state. My trouble concerns applying what he means by “sovereign” to the institutions of a state that I’m familiar with.