Despite the intrinsic interest in the question of war and human nature it is really of virtually no relevance to the issue of promoting the abolition of war warlike human nature does not make war inevitable but other aspects of human nature make war a permanent aspect of human socially organized life. If war is solely a function of social institutions and not a product of some innate static human nature and if the motivations of wars past no longer hold the power to motivate war now it would follow that at least in theory there is some coordination of impulses and a social environment that could curb human conduct away from war altogether. 3 human nature and war a setting to explore the relationship between human nature and war is provided by thomas hobbes who presents a state of nature in which the true or underlying nature of man is likely to come to the fore of our attention. War and human nature holds the potential to open an entirely new area of insight into war it will provide a new way of thinking about the collapse of armies the choices and behaviors of tyrants and the way in which differing elite selection mechanisms may wittingly or otherwise lead to individuals with differing cognitive profiles ending up in office
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