Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury , in some older texts Thomas Hobbs of Malmsbury, was an English philosopher, best known today for his work on political philosophy. His 1651 book Leviathan established the foundation for most of Western political philosophy from the perspective of social contract theory. Hobbes was a champion of absolutism for the sovereign but he also developed some of the fundamentals of European liberal thought: the right of the individual; the natural equality of all men; the artificial character of the political order ; the view that all legitimate political power must be...
|Birthdate:||April 5, 1588|
|Date of death:||December 4, 1679|
|Education:||Hertford College, Oxford, Malmesbury School|
|Also known as:||Thomas Hobbs, Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury, Thomas Hobbs of Malmsbury|