A Statement Of The State Of Nature

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Research Paper Proposal

1. A statement of the question and of your overriding thesis, and its significance.

Evaluate Hobbes’s argument that the state of nature is a state of war. Hobbs conclusion that the state of nature is a state of war is not definitive, rather, the state of nature is a balance between war and peace due to the dynamic and different nature of individuals. The significance of the question is such that it helps to shed light onto human morality, and as a basis from which to derive morality. It is also significant because it helps understand the dynamic processes that help shape human beings and their interactions among them in the absence of a governmental entity. A further reason it is important is because human nature is still relevant today among political interactions. The most rival views that contest Hobbes view of human nature come from Jean-Jacques Rousseau and John Locke. I will attempt to address each of their views of human nature determine which argument for human nature has more merit. Thus, I will argue that Hobbes argument for the state of nature being a state of war is insufficient and cannot address all circumstances, and for this a second theory of human nature must be introduced that has more merit towards the true state of human nature.

2. An explanation of your research methods.

a) My strategy for answering the question: “Evaluate Hobbes’s argument that the state of nature is a state of war”. I will ask and attempt to answer…
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