Man's Inner Nature? 63 replies

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coldham

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#1 15 years ago

hobbes said that men were underlyingly evil locke said that men were underlyingly good who do you agree with and why? i think its a mixture of both, because while there is greed and selfishnes, there is also seflessness.




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#2 15 years ago

Men are essentially good when they are not put in a situation that forces them to do things contrary to their nature.




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#3 15 years ago

so, underlyingly, men are good, but under certain conditions, they are evil?




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#4 15 years ago

All men are evil under different conditions. For instance at the most basic level, one person’s nature might be to seek solitude in the woods somewhere with a few books, another person’s nature might be that they cannot stand to be away from their brethren and thus enjoy living in cities.




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#5 15 years ago

I don't believe evil exists. Evil is a subjective attitude toward things we don't like. I believe anything God creates is basically good.




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#6 15 years ago

evil is the term for the darker side of man in this context




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#7 15 years ago

ex: greed




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#8 15 years ago

ged - but is there not some underlying nature for all of man, or is it that each person has their own nature, some good, and some evil?




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#9 15 years ago

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All people have a good underlying but when forced to go against their nature they become ‘evil’

Edit: Ah I see confusion in terms here, all people have a basic good 'nature' but they can become evil if they are not doing what they are meant to do.




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#10 15 years ago

i can see what you mean, but don't people already have an "evil" side/nature to them, as well as a good one?