Hobbes' Prudential Oughts

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Without the presences of a common power, a sovereign, preventing man from entering their imminent condition of war, man would ultimately live a life that was "?nasty, brutish, and short." (186) For in the state of nature it is "every man, against every man." (185) This being true, in absence of common power to create and enforce laws there would be no injustice...
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(188) Therefore the accepted rules of conduct to follow, principles of ethics and our interpretation of morality would not exist. The principals of Good & Evil would be subjective, left to the interpretation of each person. According to Hobbes the catalyst for the process of an absolute power would not be because it is right & just to keep war at bay, but because man has an intrinsic desire to live...
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