Hobbesian Egoism in Contemporary Realism: “?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.? (Hobbes, p. 185) From this he reasons that there must be a state, in fact, one with absolute power. The alternative, he says, is ?continual fear, and danger of violent death; And the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.? “

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