John Thomas Hobbes 's ' The Leviathan '

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Over the course of history humans have evolved and continue to due so in countless ways, but one of the most interesting of all evolutions is to see how we have become social creatures and what is expected of us as human beings. The way we interact is greatly influenced by a number of things, which we are able to analyze over time in order to point out influential factors, which shape the way that we live together in communities across the world. Thomas Hobbes mentions in the Leviathan, that human beings are born into a ‘state of nature’ where the state of nature is a "war of all against all," in which human beings constantly seek to destroy each other in a never-ending pursuit for power. Power, according to Anthony Giddens, refers to a ‘transformative capacity’ or in other words the capability to intervene in a given set of events and being able to alter them in some way. This constant pursuit for power and domination is often responsible for a major force driving human beings towards building social systems. There is no doubt that the development of a state is closely related to power and domination. In the next few pages this paper will be discussing some of the major theories of state building, how these states have evolved over history and what are the main differences and variances among all of these, in order to prove that no matter how much rational and nationalistic influence grows, violence and power through the means of warfare will always be crucial to state…
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