Analysis Thomas Hobbes's Claim "A State of Nature Is, or Would Be, a State of War of Everyone Against Everyone."

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Thomas Hobbes argues that a state of nature will eventually become a state of war of everyone against everyone. According the Hobbes, the main reason behind this change will be the harsh competition over scarce resources caused by the nature of man. Through out this essay Hobbes's reasons will be explained in greater detail. In order to truly understand the logic behind Hobbes's claim, we must first understand his point of view of human nature. The key element in Hobbes's view on human nature was the importance of desires. Unlike many other philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle, Hobbes had a different approach to desires. He believed desires were real motive behind human behaviors. (Leviathan, p119) What motivated human actions were …show more content…
Once again such a pattern of thinking will eventually lead up to a state of war. Having explained the reason behind Thomas Hobbes's argument we can much accurately analyze his claim. Over all Thomas Hobbes has made a well put argument. His argument that human behavior is driven by desires is a realistic look to human nature. Simply by looking at today's world it is possible to see the consumption being made by human beings. As Thomas Hobbes says there is no complete satisfaction us humans. As soon as human beings acquire something desired, it suddenly does not seem to be enough and we set our eyes on something new. It can be agreed that desire is a positive thing for human race. If it weren't for our endless desire, could we still have achieved so much in the field of science? Answer would probably be no. Humans have come a long way since our ancestors thanks to our endless desires. It can also be agreed on the point where Hobbes argues that this desire blinds us so much that we are willing to do anything to fulfill it. Even in today's so called civilized world of laws and authorities, it is surprising how much corruption and damage is made in the sake of having more and more. The reason most people obey the laws is no more than the fear of being caught and facing dire consequences. Thinking, if there were no laws to
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