“Justice and injustice are none of the faculties neither of the body nor mind. If they were, they might be in a man that were alone in the world, as well as his senses and passions. They are qualities that relate to men in society, not in solitude.”

Hobbes, Thomas. “Leviathan, revised edition, edited by AP Martinich and Brian Battiste.” London/Peterborough: Broadview Editions (2011). Part I, Ch. XIII, 13., p. 125.

*Note: By “passions” is NOT meant “emotions,” but rather impulses to action, namely desire (approaching or going toward) and aversion (retreating or drawing away from). Think of the snail in the previous post, feeling its way along, sensing, perhaps moving toward moisture and food. When the snail is disturbed, it retreats into its shell. Then slowly, one tentative stalk protrudes to see if the coast is clear.

See also: William Shakespeare. We are the same kind of social, sensing things. Series 1.3.

 

 

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