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A State of Nature

From: Stephen W.
Sent on: Monday, April 7, 2008 9:03 PM
In our last meetup, in which we discussed Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, the subject of a "state of nature" came up. The state of nature is the harsh natural condition that drives men and women to found civil societies for mutual protection. It is, in the famous formulation of Thomas Hobbes, a condition in which the life of a person is "nasty, brutish, and short" -- somewhat like the life of the poor in The Jungle.

Anyway, someone asked at our last meeting that I post the titles of the two works of political philosophy to which we were referring as the source of this idea. The are: Thomas Hobbes' The Leviathan and John Locke's Second Treatise on Civil Government.

Unless you're really a political philosophy junky, I'd get the summary off Wikipedia.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support of this club.

All the best,


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