For a moment, this game made me feel I was a real philosopher...
Best game I've played for a while! It thoroughly absorbed me. I think that HeavyTank's comments (5 below) are on the ball, but despite them I think this is worthy of 5-stars,
Please make a sequel!
Best I played in n years!
Think this game would be great to help grade philosophy students!
If your able to finish the game without resorting to the ugly head argument you get +1 point!
Loved it. Though I disagree with conclusion with Hobbes. There was some real difficulty in last one, when I noticed problems in Arbiters arguments, but didn't know how to express those. In all game was really good, and it took me thoroughly inside it, so much that I couldn't stop playing before I saw conclusion.
Here is my thoughts about Natural state of Man and social contracts. Formed in 04:30 AM, but I'm pretty sure that this is valid.
It won't create infinite regression. It is actually social contract between strong and weak, ruler one being weak. Rulers task is to do menial tasks and for return they get marginal power.
Natural state is what brings most of the problems. It is easy to demonstrate that people are not naturally in constant war with each others. This is demonstrated when, for example, in actual wars, people show mercy to opposing side(there are better examples, but this one popped in my mind). Even after both have orders to kill the enemy, such orders cause enormous stress. This kind behavior shows that kill or be killed is not natural between humans and that there exists some other guidelines.
Contract cannot be referred in this case, because to be called a contract, both sides have to agree with terms. Any social contract between enemy is void, because there is no knowledge of agreed terms.
Completely silent, undocumented contract, in which participant are not aware of, or even aware of each other, can't be considered a contract.