A Reconciliation of Self and State in Hobbes' Leviathan

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The apparent problem is immediately perceived by the reader ? in order to fulfill their responsibility to a sovereign, must they not deny the pursuit of self-interest and replace it with the pursuit of the sovereign's interest? Surely Hobbes is not suggesting that man deny his true nature? is he? Upon further examination of the text the reader discovers that indeed Hobbes does allow for a people to fulfill the interests of the sovereign without denying what he has professed to be human nature...
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However, we jump too far ahead, in order to understand the compatibility of these two seemingly irreconcilable sentiments one must start from the very beginning of the text. Hobbes opens in an attempt to analyze society with a series of definitions, beginning with Man and the Senses. He speaks of man's perception in a series of events that leads to his definition of imagination as being "nothing but decaying sense," and is the same as memory...
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