state of nature

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Noun1.state of nature - a wild primitive state untouched by civilization; "he lived in the wild"; "they collected mushrooms in the wild"
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
crudeness, crudity, primitiveness, primitivism, rudeness - a wild or unrefined state
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To see this, it is useful to consider key points in Chapter VI, "Of the Interior Beginnings of Voluntary Motions, Commonly Called the Passions, and the Speeches by which they are Expressed"; Chapter XI, "Of the Difference of Manners," where he examines the desire for power and sources of its satisfaction; and Chapter XIII, "Of the Natural Condition of Mankind, as Concerning their Felicity, and Misery," in which he introduces his account of the state of nature and the state of war.
The essays each tackle a different aspect and by mentioning a few we get a flavour of this superb collection: Hobbes and the Aristotelians, his moral philosophy, the natural condition of mankind, the right to punish, civil strife, Hobbes and the concept of representation, the nature of God, religious toleration, the Church of England, and the Bible.
On the one hand, Locke sometimes writes as if the natural condition of mankind is one of plenty - he even quotes the biblical formulation that "God has given us all things richly" (II, 31).