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Political Studies
POLS 250
Colin Farrelly

Pols 250 Fall term Notes: secret slides part 3  Secret slide 1 o 5 important differences between humans and other animals  1) we are in competition for honour and dignity this leads us to war  2) among animals the common good=the private good  3) Animals don’t have reason, thus they don’t see any fault in the administration of their business.  4) animals don’t have language( can’t deceive each other)  5) agreement among creatures is natural (for humans it is artificial- we need a common goal to keep it together)  Secret slide 2 o State of nature= peace or warfare?  Complex issues  1) is life more violent today than it was 10 000 years ago in hunter gatherer societies?  Steve Pinker on decline of violence o A fractal phenomenon o Began in England and Holland around the enlightenment  Possibly score one for Hobbes(he might be right about the State of Nature)  However we a
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