Thomas Hobbes

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  • Thomas Hobbes (yes) or John Locke (no)?

    Locke has a more balanced view of the world than Hobbes Locke was perhaps overly optimistic about the nature of humanity, but Hobbes' view was narrow and colored by bitterness. When Locke speaks about natural rights, he is more correct than Hobbes' "my castle, my rules" philosophy. Hobbes has a point that a significant portion of the population is selfish and short-sighted, but Locke's view that the few rational leaders are more than sufficient to encourage organization seems to be more born out by historical events.

  • Should EVERYTHING be legal? (Let's 'play' with the idea, in an objective sense [as far as possible]).

    As long as we're protected, the contract is good." said Thomas Hobbes We can't survive long without the government's protection.


  • Book recommendations (Enlightenment period)

    Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan 10. Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan 10.

  • The enlightment you mean the Age of Enlightenment?yeah thatThe Age of Enlightenment, otherwise known as the Age of Reason was initiated by two men, Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, both of which formed conclusions about government and human nature. Thomas Hobbes, in his Leviathan 1651, was convinced that "I show in the first place that the state of men without civil society (which state may be called the state of nature) is nothing but a war of all against all; and that in that war, all have a right to all things." He argued that in order to tame the wild impulses of man, government and the social contract--the appropriate relationship between the people and the civil government--needed to e established, with a ruler with the power of a leviathan to directly monitor the suburbanites.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q:
    In which religious organization was Thomas Hobbes affiliated?
  • A:
    Thomas Hobbes was a member of the Anglicanism religious denomination.
  • Q:
    What is a memorable quote by Thomas Hobbes?
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    Noteworthy quotations include: "Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another."
  • Q:
    Who was an important influence on Thomas Hobbes?
  • A:
    René Descartes, Ben Jonson, Francis Bacon, Hugo Grotius and Epicurus inspired Thomas Hobbes.
  • Q:
    Which popular works have been composed by author, Thomas Hobbes?
  • A:
    Well known books include:
    - Leviathan
    - De Cive
  • Q:
    Where was Thomas Hobbes born?
  • A:
    Thomas Hobbes was born in Malmesbury.
  • Q:
    What was Thomas Hobbes' occupation?
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    Thomas Hobbes was an accomplished philosopher.
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