It is not that I think any name, how great soever, set at the beginning of a book, will be able to cover the faults that are to be found in it. But there being nothing more to be desired for truth than a fair unprejudiced hearing, nobody is more likely to procure me that than your lordship, who are allowed to have got so intimate an acquaintance with her, in her more retired recesses. Your lordship is known to have so far advanced your speculations in the most abstract and general knowledge of things, beyond the ordinary reach or common methods, that your allowance and approbation of the design of this Treatise will at least preserve it from being condemned without reading, and will prevail to have those parts a little weighted, which might otherwise perhaps be thought to deserve no consideration, for being somewhat out of the common road. Truth scarce ever yet carried it by vote anywhere at its first appearance : new opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.
The Nature of Man
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Please join StudyMode to read the full document. The Nature of Man What is the strongest motivation for humans? Hobbes would think so. Is it the idea that man is more important than other living creatures on this earth? Is it the acquisition of supreme power that proves his ideas to be right? Does might make right? Is man naturally motivated by evil or good?
Nature of Man
Please join StudyMode to read the full document. Philosophers, sociologists, and even sociobiologists have brought evidence leading to various conclusions to the table, so the question still stands. He helped to establish Sociobiology, the scientific study of the biological aspects of social behavior in animals and humans, breaking ground in the debate of nature verses nurture.
What is human nature? Human nature refers to the patterns of behavior typical to that of mankind. Every man has both good and evil in him. Sometimes the good may take control or sometimes the evil can get the best of a person. Most people assume that selfishness is both wrong and unhealthy.