Analysis Of Thomas Hobbes 's ' The Book ' Leviathan '

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Thomas Hobbes was a 17th century philosopher, who argued that human beings are fundamentally equal by nature, and we infer that humans live under the rule of absolute sovereign. “From that law of nature by which we are obliged to transfer to another such rights as, being retained, hinder the peace of mankind, there followeth a third, which is this that men perform their covenants made…” (Hobbes 89). Hobbes tries to hold back peace, in order to make it seem like everyone is equal. This can create disorder in society and many other problems. For example, without government or the wealthy class it would be hard for society to do the things it can today.
In the book Leviathan, Hobbes says “therefore, before the names of just and unjust can have place, there must be some coercive power to compel men equally to the performance of their covenants, by terror of some punishment…” (Hobbes 89). I think Hobbes is trying to explain that there must be some type of power for people to act upon, in fear of punishment. For example, the speed limit is thirty miles a hour, and someone is driving fifty-five miles per hour. However, they see a cop car ahead and slow down in fear of getting a speeding ticket. If we are scared of a police officer obviously he is someone of greater power, and cannot be equal to someone who is a regular businessman. Hobbes’ argument is that all human beings are born fundamentally equal. If we are all equal we should all contribute to society in some way, and should…
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