Hobbe's Account of the State of Nature and the Formation of Society

2590 Words Jan 31st, 2018 10 Pages
“The state of Nature” the natural condition of mankind deduced by, the 17th century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes in his book “Leviathan”. It is concept of the time period before the establishment of the government. It is the theory to denote the hypothetical condition of what the lives of the human beings might have been like before the civil society came into existence. According to the social contract theory there are no rules, rights and obligations in the state of nature. There is only freedom and no imposing restrictions upon individuals. It is a wild, primitive, unrefined state of living. People have to rely on their own strength and intuitions for protection. There is no civil or criminal law and absence of any political authority. The life is less than ideal and of inconvenience.
According to Hobbes without governing body human beings are left to themselves and so the life will be solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short. For survival human becomes basically selfish, insensitive, mean, uncharitable, inconsiderate, unkind and even try to hurt or kill each other without hesitation for our own self. The state of nature is miserable, fearsome and at any rate to fare is very difficult so absolute government is always better for the systematic stable society to live in. Human should submit themselves to the absolute authority…
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