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Thomas Hobbes Paper - What is the difference betweenobligations in foro interno and in foro externo and when do wehave such obligations According to Thomas Hobbes there are certain laws of nature whichexist in the absence of an organized government These laws are extremelycut throat and place people in extremely dangerous situations where theirlives are in danger Government is the answer to this dangerous situationbut it is here that the question of obligation comes into question Doesone have an obligation to take a chance and follow the laws set forth forthem or should they only think of themselves and follow the laws ofnature This is a vital question which I will explore According to Hobbes the overriding law of nature is kill or bekilled Hobbes believed that every man has a right to everything even toanother mans body And therefore as long as this natural right of everyman to everything endureth there can be no security to any manhow strongor wise soever he be of living out the time which nature ordinarilyallowith men to live However he also believed that a man be willing when others areso too as far-forth as for peace and defense of himself that he shall thinkit necessary to lay down this right to all things and be contented with somuch liberty against other men as he would allow other men againsthimself The question now is when do we have an obligation to strivetowards peace when it means giving up our natural rights According to Hobbes we always have an obligation to work towardspeace and have an obligation in foro interno but not always in foroexterno The difference between there two are that in foro interno meansinside you or you believing in something In this case it would mean thatinside you you would want to strive for peace because it would mean an endto worrying about your life
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