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Machiavelli’s Ideas About Human Nature

Love endures by a bond which men, being scoundrels, may break whenever it serves their advantage to do so; but fear is supported by the dread of pain, which is ever present. Machiavelli’s ideas about human nature are encapsulated in …



Thomas Hobbes asserts that man in his natural state would be purely animalistic and selfish. In the absence of culture and civilization, the world would just be a battleground pitting every man against the rest of mankind. According to him, …