Single Idea 2373

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / B. Contract Ethics / 7. Prisoner's Dilemma]

Full Idea

He which performeth first in a contract, does but betray himself to his enemy.

Gist of Idea

The first performer in a contract is handing himself over to an enemy


Thomas Hobbes (Leviathan [1651], 1.14)

Book Reference

Hobbes,Thomas: 'Leviathan', ed/tr. Macpherson,C.B. [Penguin 1981], p.196