Anthony de Jasay on Empirical Evidence

Throughout its history, humanity has permanently displayed a physical condition classified in ordinary language as ?illness? or ?disease?. There has always been what Hume would call a ?constant conjunction? between human life and illness.

The Hobbesian hypothesis that illness is a necessary condition of the human species has strong empirical support. It has never been falsified.

Throughout its history, humanity has permanently displayed a social condition classified in ordinary language as ?the state? or ?government?. There has always been what Hume would have called a ?constant conjunction? between human society and government.

The Hobbesian hypothesis that government is a necessary condition of social life has strong empirical support. It has never been falsified.

Arguments in favour of the prevention or eradication of disease are evidently misguided, and may be dangerous. They are often put forward by na?ve persons with little understanding of reality.

Arguments in favour of fostering society?s capacity to evolve anarchic orders and live with less or no government are evidently misguided, and may be dangerous. They are often put forward by na?ve persons with little or no understanding of reality.

From Justice and Its Surroundings

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