|Apr8-06, 01:16 AM||#1|
Hobbes social darwinism
Man's life in a state of nature, said Thomas Hobbes in Leviathan, is a "war of all against all:"
And in that state of nature, no arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.
In the Hobbesian view, there can ultimately be no cure for violence; it is in our wiring; in fact, it is in the bones of the universe in which we live. You can counteract or punish it--you can shoot the shooters--but it will always be with you. The state or civilization, according to Hobbes, is the way we organize ourselves to repress violence.
|Apr10-06, 11:26 AM||#2|
From the specatacle.org article:
I can't agree completely with Hobbes, either. Competition of all against all, maybe, but that doesn't have to lead to war. Alliances can be formed by trading, intermarrying, etc. Generally, people spend the vast majority of their time in peace, punctuated only briefly, though memorably, by war.
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