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What was Hobbes opinion of the nature of man? Why do they compete?  

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According to Thomas Hobbes, human nature is fundamentally competitive because everybody desires to accumulate possessions in the form of property.  Hobbes begins this chain of reasoning in his introduction to Leviathan when he argues that,

Nature (the art whereby God hath made and governes the world) is by the art of man, as in many other things, so in this also imitated, that it can make an Artificial Animal. For seeing life is but a motion of Limbs, the begining whereof is in some principall part within; why may we not say, that all Automata (Engines that move themselves by springs and wheeles as doth a watch) have an artificiall life? For what is the Heart, but a Spring; and the Nerves, but so many Strings; and the Joynts, but so many...

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