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Homework for 11/18

Here’s your homework for Tuesday, November 18:

  • Blog about Hobbes’s conception of the state of nature. Is he right that human nature, combined with the finiteness of the world’s resources, will necessarily lead to a state of war? Is he right that the state of war described would really be the worst situation imaginable? Due Sunday at midnight
  • Read chapters XIII and XIV of the Hobbes. This is only a few pages, so you will have the chance to read extremely closely. Pay special attention to the things that we haven’t yet gone over in detail in class: in particular, the way that the social contract requires the existence of a government, and the way in which morality arises out of the whole thing.
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