Thomas Hobbes and Sun Tzu

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In a natural world devoid of all agreements and cooperation, every moment would be a constant conflict; man will seek to destroy each other for their own gains as there will not be a drawing of a generalized rule of moral or law. It is evident that the common goal of man is in their best interest. Moreover, man’s struggle is not only localized solely on his interest, but rather a broader scope ranging from disputes over natural property rights to war on righteousness, freedom, etc. Men have arisen in society throughout time to gauge and devise plans on conquering adversaries. These men are philosophers, theorists, thinkers like Thomas Hobbes and Sun Tzu, who cultivated the foundation of contemporary society. Thomas Hobbes wrote the Leviathan to describe the best way to maintain people’s security. On the other hand, Sun Tzu wrote The Art of War to explain methods using wits to outdo an enemy, overcome an obstacle, and avoid danger. To show how readers can understand how these philosophers work, we must construct a bare world, and apply their concepts. Therefore, in order to understand how philosophers defend society’s security, Hobbes’ lawless and savage “plenum” must be developed and analyzed to apply the concepts of Hobbes and Sun Tzu. In order for scientists to make observations, they must observe and record the data of a simplistic model in order to compare to the larger more complex model. In this case, Hobbes’ plenum is the simplistic model of the complex model called life. Hobbes’ plenum is a natural universe without cooperation of men, society is overrun by the individual “man.” The lack of cooperation of men is one that is government-less, community-less, and unfriendly, people that only look out for themselves. The only variable of this Hobbesian plenum is the state of nature, which is constant and are defined as unchangeable rules set by nature. Humans at
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