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Before I look at the Social Contract and Hobbes commonwealth under the sovereign I think its important to briefly look at why he believed that a social contract had to be established and also why it came about Hobbes obviously had a negative view on the human state of nature stating Men have no pleasureon the contrary a great deal of griefwhere there is no power able to over-awe them all it is manifest that during the time when men lived 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 on 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 He went on to say The only way to erect such a common power as may be able to defend them from the invasion of foreigners and the injuries of one another and live contentedly is to confer all their power of strength upon one man or upon one assembly of men that they reduce all their wills by plurality of voices unto one will Hobbes believes that as long as everyone does so in this manner then they will have created a commonwealth one in which the majority will all experience security and safety even though perhaps they may have lost some of their freedom and liberty Hobbes describes two ways of entering the world of society and peace two methods by which commonwealths may be formed They can be established either by institution- that is by the mutual agreement of free individuals or by acquisition which is the conquest of a previously existing sovereign Both these methods involve convention or agreement The social organisation of men is by Covenant only and is described by Hobbes to be artificial Hobbes
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