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The philosopher Thomas Hobbes said it, it came from the Leviathan (a book collecting most of his work)

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How hobbes describe state of nature?

A 17th century philosopher and educator, Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) has long been famous for his pithy yet unflattering description of the natural state (or, "state of nature") of human beings as "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." He argued further that human life outside of civilization is an ongoing war of all against all.


What was Thomas hobbes' view of people?

Thomas Hobbes wrote the Leviathan (1651). He was convinced that all humans were naturally selfish and wicked. Without government to keep order Hobbes said, there would be "war . . . of every man against every man," and life would be "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." In order to escape such a bleak life people had to hand over their rights to a strong ruler.


How did Hobbes and Locke differ in their ideas about government?

Hobbes had the ideas from the English Civil War that all humans were naturally selfish and wicked. Without governments keeping order, Hobbes said there would be "war of every man against every man." Life would be "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." To escape such a bad life, people gave up their rights up to a strong ruler and in return people gained Law and Order. Hobbes believed that an absolute monarchy was the type of government needed. Locke was more into a more positive view of human nature. He believed that people could learn from experience and improve themselves. He thought that they had the natural ability to govern their own affairs and to look after the welfare of society. He believed that people are born free and equal and government should protect these rights. He thought that the type of government there should be is self-government.


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According to hobbes what would happen without government?

Answer: If there was no government, everyone would go back to the State of Nature before John Locke decided to create a government. People's rights go unprotected, and it is the Governments job to protect peoples Natural Rights. The Government ensue structure, allows equal say and equal representation. Our freedom would crumble, and everyone is going to want to dictate everyone else. Instead of everyone being equal, it is going to be strong vs. weak. State of Nature: The "Natural condition of mankind" is what exists if there is no government, laws and common power to restrain human Nature. State of Nature is, "Every man for himself," which is human beings seeking out to destroy each other in a mad pursuit for power, control and authority.

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Which philosopher said that mans life is cold brutish nasty and short?

Thomas Hobbes He contended that life in the state of nature is "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short" For more information, see Related Links below this box.


Thomas Hobbes claimed that any ungoverned society made human life?

Solitary, poor,nasty,brutish,and short


Who wrote life is short and bitter?

I think you may be referring to Thomas Hobbes, when he wrote: "And the life of man, solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short." ... in "Leviathan".


How did hobbes describe the condition under which human beings lived in the state of nature?

Thomas Hobbes was a philosopher who believed that people act selfishly and without compassion for other people. He said that life was "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short."


Did Voltaire believe that life was short nasty and brutish?

It was actually Hobbes, not Voltaire, who warned that in the absence of good government, life tends to be nasty, brutish, and short. However, it is true that Voltaire also commented on the nastiness of life, particularly in his novel Candide.


How hobbes describe state of nature?

A 17th century philosopher and educator, Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) has long been famous for his pithy yet unflattering description of the natural state (or, "state of nature") of human beings as "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." He argued further that human life outside of civilization is an ongoing war of all against all.


Thomas Hobbes argued that life in the state of nature is?

Thomas Hobbes claimed that life in the state of nature would be the "war of all against all" and it would seem "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short."


Which philosopher said all men are nasty brutish and short?

thomas hobbes


How did Hobbes describe the conditions under which human beings lived?

Nasty, brutish and short


Why does Hobbes claims that in the natural condition of mankind life is solitary poor nasty brutish and short?

In a nutshell, Hobbes states that in a state of nature (his theory preceding his NCM) it is an anarchic society, with no central authority to be in awe of. He develops this theory from his state of human nature, where every human is inclined to act to benefit their self-interest. Therefore, they are in a condition of war, that is a condition where it is every man versus every man, in a constant power struggle, whereas men partake in continuous war and violence leading to continual fear and danger of a violent death. This leads to the NCM where life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short


Who wrote that men was nasty and brutish by nature and needed an absolute ruler to establish a civil society?

Thomas Hobbes.


Thomas Hobbe's state of nature refers to?

The state of nature that was feared by Thomas Hobbes, would be the "war of all against all," and life for Hobbes seemed "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short." Under these conditions a strong state was needed to protect people from other people. (Mitchell, Roots of Wisdom) It refers to the time in history when man will live without governments and laws.