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Thomas Hobbes on War - Dictionary of Arguments

Höffe I 218
War/Civil War/Hobbes/Höffe: (...) the human’s natural desire for happiness runs the risk of people throwing each other into misery.
War of all against all/Hobbes: Misery is rather the result of living together without a community: without statehood, people live in a state of war of all against all. By this state of affairs, Hobbes expressly does not understand a civil war perpetuated in eternity.
Rather, he assumes a state in which, due to the equality of weakness and the lack of state power, one cannot be sure of one's own body and life in principle. In this way, he gives his historical situation, the English Civil War, a more fundamental description and explanation that is valid both beyond the economic circumstances, pre- and early capitalism, and beyond the period of the European Wars of Confession.
Religion: Although religious issues still play an important role, the state sovereign is only responsible for the public side of religion, while personal faith, an internal phenomenon anyway, is left to the citizens.


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Hobbes I
Thomas Hobbes
Leviathan: With selected variants from the Latin edition of 1668 Cambridge 1994

Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
Geschichte des politischen Denkens München 2016


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