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Hobbes - State of Nature Game

Game Theory

Susan Woods

on 6 April 2018

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Transcript of Hobbes - State of Nature Game

State of Nature
Thomas Hobbes theorized that before man created government (or living along with us in the here and now) was a state he found himself in called “the state of nature.” In this state, there were no agreed upon laws. In this state, we all have 100% of our rights, but so does everyone else. Hobbes stated that the state of nature was a “war of all against all” and life in the state of nature was “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short”.
Where our Rights overlap, conflict occurred. But this conflict could not be resolved by our “common judge” because there wasn’t one. Man reserved every Natural Right for himself, but only as far as he could protect those Natural Rights with wile or force.
Hobbes stated that the state of nature was a “war of all against all” and life in the state of nature was “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short”.
Would it be better to hand power over to just one student, a central authority, and have that student divide the points?
Why not?
Is there a legitimate form of government?
What “rights” did you have to earn extra points?
Why have
For Hobbes political authority is artificial: in the "natural" condition human beings lack government, which is an authority created by men.
Starting NOW and thru the first two rounds you
cannot talk to each other at all
. If you talk, you will be disqualified that round for any points
You are to circle either 1 point or 3 points. These points will be added to your last assessment. There will be 6 rounds and the points accumulate, you cannot lose any points you’ve already won, you keep.
If every student writes down "1" then everyone gets 1 point. You may write down "3" points, but only 3 or fewer students can claim 3 points in a single round.
If more than 3 students write "3," then everyone loses
of their points for that round (even the people who only wrote down 1). Although points won in previous rounds cannot be taken away, points in the present round being played can be lost.
There will be six rounds.
The next two rounds you can only speak to people within one seat of you.
The final two rounds you can speak to anyone anywhere in the room.
Rounds 3 and 4
Rounds 5 and 6
Rounds 1 and 2
6 Rounds
What happened?
discussion prompt:
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