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Hobbes as a sociobiologist. Rethinking the state of (human) nature

Nicole Darat


In the following text we aim at presenting a proposal of interpretation of Hobbes’s work from sociobiology. Despite it may strike some at first as an anachronism or straightforward wrong, reading the philosopher of Mamelsbury from a sociobiological perspective, can shed light on some particular aspects of his argument, particularly those referring to the construction of human nature and its influence on the modulation of the state of nature and on the justification of authority and political obligation. So Hobbes proceeds as a sociobiologist since he offers us a tale about the emergence of morality from where it didn’t exist before and moves from there to a specific understanding of political authority.

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