Chapter 2: The Laws of Nature

Antecdent to the above-mentioned laws are those of nature.

The law, which, impressing on our minds the idea of a Creator, inclines us toward him, is the first in importance, though not in order, of natural laws.

The natural impulse, or desire, which Hobbes attributes to mankind, of subduing one another, is far from being well founded.

Hobbes asks: Why do men go armed, and have locks and keys to fasten their doors, if they are not naturally in a state of war?

Next to a sense of his weakness, man would soon find that of his wants.

Fear would induce men to shun one another.

Beside the sense or instinct which man possesses in common with brutes, he has the advantage of acquired knowledge; and thence arises a second tie, which brutes have not.