The State of Nature and its Implications for Civilization in Hobbes and Rousseau

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Theodore M

 

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October 7, 2014

 

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau's vision of the state of nature parallels that of Hobbes but for its more optimistic tone: "I assume that men reach a point where the obstacles to their preservation in a state of nature prove greater than the strength that each man has to preserve himself in that state." In general, Rousseau's words prove reasonably less severe than Hobbes's...
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This surrendering of rights then forms covenant of peace which mankind has agreed upon collectively to rise above the state of nature. Hobbes argues that it is human reason that has necessarily led men to embrace this covenant: "And Reason suggesteth convenient Articles of Peace, upon which men may be drawn to agreement ...
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