Hobbes Use Of Power In The Leviathan

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Hobbes, in the Leviathan, talks a great deal about the success of people, and what it will take for a group of people to be successful and flourish. The first thing he did is defined what power is. He states, “The power of a man is his present means to obtain some future apparent good” (pg. 249). Essentially, according to Hobbes, power is using the tools that you have today to help you achieve something better than what you have now or gain more. While Aristotle argued that humans were working toward some end goal, for Hobbes, there is no end goal. There is always something more that can be achieved and one should work in order to gain more. Hobbes goes on and describes many different types of power, but he does state that one type of power…show more content…
He states, “ Hereby it is manifest that during the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war” (pg. 259). War is also known as the state of nature. It is here that every man is against each other. Without a common power, there are no laws; people can do whatever they need to do in order to obtain what they need to live. People will live in continual fear because nothing stops another person from coming and taking all of their possessions. According to Hobbes, because of this constant state of fear, “the notions of right and wrong, justice and injustice have no place. Where there is no common power, there is no law; where no law, no injustice” (pg. 260). In the state of nature, it is pure chaos, so justice cannot be obtained. The only for justice to occur, the city needs to exit the state of nature and have some sort of structure. From this also comes Hobbes explaining the right of nature, which he says is, “the liberty each man has to use his own power as he will himself for the preservation of his own nature” (pg. 261). Each person wants the best, and the only way that they can have the best is to lay down some of their powers. Eventually, people will realize that the state of nature is not a good one and will want some sort of structure, so will let go of some power in order to exit the war

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