Thomas Hobbes Leviathan

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The true essence of Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan is a well-constructed story that examines human nature. Hobbes’ introduces Leviathan during a chaotic period filled with death and a voyage of human expansion, which leads to the creation of a logical and sustainable society. This society is the commonwealth and led by a sovereign. Upon first analysis, Hobbes’ explanation of the alteration to the commonwealth is questionable. Some weaknesses in Hobbes’ Leviathan can be easily found: the inconsistency of natural law with suicide and that of civil law to honor. Hobbes addresses some of these concerns head-on and seems to disregard others, however, he does tackle the most obvious protestation to his theory: the unrestricted and unstrained authority…show more content…
By defining law of nature, Hobbes describes the core of human nature. Every human act, conscious or unconscious, aims at survival.

According to Hobbes, the idea of self-preservation is the only constant norm found in the actions of humans. Hobbes contends that man seeks power in order to ensure that no man will be able to take away their self-preservation, due to their endless appetite for self-preservation. Stemming from man’s thrust for power over one another, constant fighting and war emerges to ensure their survival. (Fukuyama 1992) It does not matter how much power one man currently posses, he must continually gain more and more power, for this is the only avenue to guarantee his self-preservation.

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