Leviathan - Part 2 Chapter 25 & 26 Summary & Analysis

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Hobbes writes of the difference between counsel and command. Command is when a man tells another what to do or what not to do. This usually benefits the man giving the command. Counsel is where a man says do this or do not do this and deduces his reason from the benefit which can arise for the person getting the advice. Another difference is that counsel has to be invited and cannot be forced. Though when receiving counsel, the counselor can impose his own biases and push or severely advised against an action.

The use of exhortation or dehortation exists only where a man speaks to a multitude, because when he speaks only to one person he can be interrupted, and his means of using metaphors or other oratory tools to persuade him or her are weakened. If he speaks to a group...

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