The idea of destructive desire is nowhere better depicted than in Thomas Hobbes’s image of the war of every man against every man, which he takes to be man’s natural state or that state of affairs that will inevitably arise in the absence of a “common power” (1958: 106). Let me begin then by briefly reviewing certain elements in the Hobbesian argument concerning desire and its destructive consequences.
KeywordsExternal Object Real Thing Moral Language Internal Object Destructive Force
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