Machiavelli saw himself as a realist, someone who recognized that people are fundamentally selfish. Thomas Hobbes shared that view: it underpins his whole account of how he thought society ought to be structured.

A little history of philosophy - Nigel Warburton, Chapter IX

What does "account" mean?

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    If you google account meaning you will find clear explanations of the use of the word in this context. – Ronald Sole Mar 8 at 10:01

One of the several meanings of "account" is a story, recollection, memoir, description of events. That is the meaning that applies in this case.

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