analysis Thomas Hobbes's claim "a state of nature is, or would be, a state of war of everyone against everyone."
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He believed desires were real motive behind human behaviors. (Leviathan, p119) What motivated human actions were not virtues such as wisdom as Aristotle and Plato would claim, nor was it a sense of duty as Cicero would say. It was rather simple desire. Hobbes did not see desire as a harmful feeling, which must be avoided...
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He rather thought of it as a positive part of human nature, which could drive a person to achieve more and more.
Hobbes had a definition of happiness closely connected to desires. Hobbes defined happiness as a "continual successe in obtaining those things which a man from time to time desireth" He used the phrase "felicity" for this definition of happiness...
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