Thomas Hobbes – State of War

Bellum omnium contra omnes:
“War of all against all”

Thomas Hobbes (1588 – 1679)

Thomas Hobbes
(1588 – 1679)

“Hereby it is manifest that during the time men live without a common Power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called War; and such a war as is of every man against every man.”

“In such condition there is no place for Industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain: and consequently no Culture of the Earth; no Navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by Sea; no commodious Building; no Instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force; no Knowledge of the face of the Earth; no account of Time; no Arts; no Letters; no Society; and which is worst of all, continual Fear, and danger of violent death; And the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.”
– Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (1651), Part I: Ch. 13

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