7 July 2013

The State of Nature

The state of nature is a term in political philosophy used in social contract theories to describe the hypothetical condition that preceded governments. A state of nature could also exist wherever law and order cease to exist as described in the novel: Blindness by Jose Saramago.

There must have been a time before government, and so the question is how legitimate government could emerge from such a starting position,and what are the hypothetical reasons for entering a state of society by establishing a government.