Essay heading: hobbes on moral duties

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October 27, 2004

 

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Thus, Hobbes believes that being in the social contract will not change their moral psychology to act from a sense of duty, since it is used to only bring peace, while people still act from self interests and motivated by desires. In Hobbes' view, being involved in a social contract will not change our motivation such that we come to act from duty...
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I agree with Hobbes that being involved with the social contract does not change human nature on acting out of self-interest, but rather it removes the state of war. Cases that falsify the generality that all human acts are selfish are cases of people acting unselfishly. While creating a peaceful society using the social contract, we still would not see people helping the elderly cross the street, donating to charities or volunteering because there are no self benefits, yet people do these unselfish things...
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