Role Of Government: Saving Us From Ourselves

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Introduction to the English philosopher Thomas Hoobbes and his views on government and the state of nature.

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Role Of Government: Saving Us From Ourselves

  1. 1. Or: Saving Us From Ourselves?
  2. 2. • Hobbes believed that humans were basically selfish creatures who would do anything to better their position. • From this view of human nature, what kind of government is best?
  3. 3. • State of nature is the philosophy regarding how humans would act in their most basic state without a government. • Hobbes believed the state of nature was founded on selfishness, to obtain pleasure without justice or mercy. • Do you agree with Hobbes? • What current events might be explained by his view?
  4. 4. • Do you believe that this picture represents a person in a state of nature? Why or why not? Michael Vick
  5. 5. • Each person was endowed with the right to do anything they pleased and people were in constant fear for their lives. Warning sign for looters after Hurricane Katrina – does this represent a state of war?
  6. 6. • State of war - Hobbes believed that in the state of nature, people were always at war with one another, a war of “all against all.” What about this image – does this represent a state of war? Why?

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