Little Behemoth

André Debüser


The theory of Thomas Hobbes describes the opposition of human nature to society. A good example for this opposite is the inability of children or childish men to live in society on their own in accordance to reason. Hobbes solution to this inability is education and the rule of reason. The rule of reason, like the power of parents or the power of the state, needs the addition of the human emotion of fear. But this system is in danger disintegrating into powerless reason and unreasonable power. The theory of David Hume describes emotions without the rule of reason. He replaces reason with consciousness. But this system is also in danger of disintegrating into unconscious emotions and insensitive consciousness. The system theory understands man as an environment of society and reconstructs the opposition of human nature to society.