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1. 1741 The Nature of the Beast: The Function of Morality in the World of Hobbes.

Any discussion of the function of moral rules in a social environment such as that envisioned by Thomas Hobbes in his Leviathan (1651) must first define exactly what is meant by the term "moral rules". This is because the society or "commonwealth" that Hobbes employs as his theoretical model has no place for morality or moral rules as they are popularly defined. Rather, as this paper will argue, morality in the commonwealth of Hobbes is a product of self-interested humanity. In such an context, as will be seen, the closest analogue to moral rules would be the "civil laws" of the commonwealth which come into being through the "social contract" agreed to by the constituent members of the commonwealth. Finally, the paper will conclude with an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of Hobbes' ethical theory. 5.5 pgs. 6 f/c. 1b.
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  • Filename: 1741 Morality Hobbes.doc
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2. 1742 Moral Rules and Hobbes' s "Leviathan": The Establishment of a Human Morality.

This paper will show how Hobbes's view of the function and use of morality in Western society was a more complex one than a initial reading of his work would suggest. The moral rules which govern the social order re-visioned by Hobbes come in the form of what Hobbes termed "natural laws" which determine all human behaviour. However, any analysis of these first necessitates an analysis of Hobbes's social philosophy in general. 4 pgs. 5 f/c. 1b.
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  • Filename: 1742 Hobbes Rules.doc
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3. 2587 Human Nature and Politics: A Comparative Analysis of Rousseau and Hobbes.

This paper is a comparative analysis of the views of human nature as articulated by Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. It is argued, along with Rousseau, that it is not a state of nature that makes humans essentially egotistical and self-serving, rather it is the conditions provided by our social institutions and our social conditioning or education. 14 pgs. 10 f/c. 1b.
  • Pages: 14
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  • Filename: 2587 Hobbes Rousseau Nature.doc
  • Price: US$125.30

4. 3685 Thomas Hobbes: Laws of Nature.

This five-page undergraduate paper defines the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes' laws of nature, explains how Hobbes says we should follow them, explains what they require of us, and discusses in what sense these laws resemble traditional moral dictates, and in what sense they differ from such traditional standards. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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  • Filename: 3685 Hobbes Laws Nature.doc
  • Price: US$44.75

5. 4267 Thomas Hobbes and John Locke.

This paper discusses Thomas Hobbes' and John Locke's assumptions about motivation and the state of nature. It discusses how Locke endorsed limited monarchy and frequent expressions of consent, while Hobbes endorsed absolute monarchy and a sovereign who ruled in perpetuity. Locke supported freedom through government, while Hobbes believed a strong state had to subdue man's aggressive desires. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
  • Pages: 6
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  • Filename: 4267 Hobbes and Locke.doc
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6. 4268 Interpretations of Law: Hobbes and Hart.

In Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes presents an understanding of the law as a concept that distances human beings from their natures, thus saving the integrity of civilization. Hobbes envisions the human being as naturally flawed and brutish and it is only the development of law and the strict adherence to these principles that a healthy civilization can exist. Hobbes argues, moreover, that situational legislation would be the decline of the integrity of a civilization. English legal philosopher H.L.A. Hart disagrees with Hobbes on this point. Hart argues for the privacy of one's personal conduct and states that if it does not infringe upon the rights of others, it should not be subject to public legislation. Hart relies strongly on the notion of "internal perspective" as a concept, which establishes the parameters of obligation for a legal system. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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  • Filename: 4268 Interpretations of Law.doc
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7. 9791 An Analysis of Liberty Under Sovereign Power in Thomas Hobbe's The Leviathan.

This paper will analyze the concept of Sovereign Power within the structure of Thomas Hobbe's work entitled " The Leviathan. By analyzing the differing conditions for a counties use of sovereignty, we can see the perspective that Hobbes uses when he confronts the subject. This paper will discus the elements of liberty under a "Sovereign Power' that are included in the text, while giving an overall view of the basis for Hobbe's argument. 3 pgs. Bibliography lists 1 source.
  • Pages: 3
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  • Filename: 9791 Liberty Under Sovereign.doc
  • Price: US$26.85

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