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Title: A Reconciliation of Self and State in Hobbes' Leviathan

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Date: July 7, 2006
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This is the point where Hobbes begins to preemptively reconcile the apparent incompatibility of the individual's self-interest with the sovereign's. For Hobbes there are three ultimate causes for the conflict in this base state of nature, including competition, a lack of confidence, and a quest for glory: "the first maketh men invade for gain; the second, for safety; and the third, for reputation...

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This is the point where Hobbes begins to preemptively reconcile the apparent incompatibility of the individual's self-interest with the sovereign's. For Hobbes there are three ultimate causes for the conflict in this base state of nature, including competition, a lack of confidence, and a quest for glory: "the first maketh men invade for gain; the second, for safety; and the third, for reputation...

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