University of Pittsburgh, Summer Term 1998
Ben Eggleston, Instructor
Philosophy 0320—CRN 01205: Social Philosophy (writing)
mailbox: CL 1001—office: CL 1428E
Mondays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in CL 340
office hours: Sundays and Mondays, 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Quiz no. 1, make-up no. 2

May 31, 1998

On the front of this sheet of paper, answer each of the following questions. Provide a distinct answer for each question, numbering your answers as you proceed. Before turning in your quiz, fold this sheet of paper in half, lengthwise (i.e., so that the crease goes from top to botton, down the middle), and write your name on the back. Only answers written on the front will influence your grade, and nothing written on the front should reveal your identity.

  1. According to Hobbes, what makes something good?
  2. What sort of situation counts as a state of war, for Hobbes? (Notice that by “state” in this context, we mean a condition or a situation, not a political entity.)
  3. What does Hobbes give as the first, or fundamental, law of nature?
  4. Hobbes mentions three rights that a person cannot abandon or transfer. What is the common thread running through these three rights?
  5. What does the character whom Hobbes calls “the fool” say? (Don’t quote directly; just paraphrase adequately but succinctly.)