The State of Nature According to Hobbes Many philosophers have different perspectives on what the “state of nature” exactly is. The state of nature, as described by Hobbes, is the place a person or humanity is before the state (government) and its laws are imposed upon a human being. This natural state is sometimes a place of purity, sometimes a place of evil. It all depends on the interpretation of the philosopher. This paper will discuss Thomas Hobbes’ seminal work Leviathan, he states that people in their state of nature are crude and at war. Nature, according to Hobbes, has made men more or less equal in terms of their facilities and what they know, or how they are educated. Sometimes, people are somewhat different, “yet when all is...The end:
.....n can try to leave this natural state through passion or reason, but they will fail. Hobbes thinks that men need society around them in order to grow and become more than what they once were. Without things like trade, property, commerce, law, justice, government, arts, regimens, crafts and lots of other things, man really doesn’t have a prayer to live in a civilized manner. I agree with this, and also that at times the savagery comes out and the fear of other men shows and proves Hobbes’ point. Man would be okay living with this fear, because that is intrinsically who they are. They cannot be happy with this fate, but it is genetically inside of every man. Therefore, Hobbes emphasizes the importance of a civil lifestyle for all of mankind.