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Thomas Hobbes

It's fair to say that Thomas Hobbes didn't really have a very positive view of human nature. As someone who'd lived through the terrible upheavals of the English Civil War, he had witnessed at...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2020, 11:34 am (UTC)

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Hobbes believed that religion represented a serious threat to the stability and strength of government. He lived at a time when religious conflict was rife throughout Europe, leading to bloody wars...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2020, 8:43 am (UTC)

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In the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, the state of nature is a hypothetical social condition in which men found themselves prior to the establishment of government and its institutions. He...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2020, 11:09 am (UTC)

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Hobbes wasn't really all that concerned about representative government. In fact, he was rather hostile to the whole idea. All that mattered for him is that government should keep the peace and...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2019, 8:37 am (UTC)

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Ultimately, Thomas Hobbes is a defender of absolutism while John Locke is a critic of it (and a defender of the Parliamentarian side in the English Civil War) and their respective differences carry...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2018, 6:53 pm (UTC)

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By stating that people require rules and, with that, some sort of governance in order to get along, Thomas Hobbes shows his pessimism about the natural state of human behavior. His claims rely on...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019, 2:53 am (UTC)

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Hobbes believed that people came together to establish a sovereign ruler—not necessarily an absolute monarch, though that was certainly Hobbes's preference—to protect themselves from each other....

Latest answer posted September 14, 2018, 5:27 am (UTC)

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According to Thomas Hobbes, human nature is fundamentally competitive because everybody desires to accumulate possessions in the form of property. Hobbes begins this chain of reasoning in his...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016, 4:35 pm (UTC)

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English philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) is an empiricist, which by definition means he believes all knowledge acquired by human beings comes from sensory experiences. His body of...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2020, 5:56 pm (UTC)

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In the Leviathan, Hobbes writes of the state of nature as one of "war of all against all." The law of nature is one of battle and struggle, as humans fight each ceaselessly for power. He expresses...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2020, 12:17 pm (UTC)

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I would actually suggest that Hobbes' fundamental claim (the root assumption from which his larger thought extends) is that human nature is, at its core, materialistic. Indeed, when reading...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2019, 4:37 am (UTC)

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In chapter 13 of Leviathan, Hobbes addresses "the natural condition of mankind." He says that this natural condition is one of equality, since the differences between men are fairly trivial. While...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2020, 9:09 am (UTC)

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In Leviathan, Hobbes famously refers to the state of nature as a war of all against all. Without any sovereign authority in place to maintain order, everyone is at each other's throats in a...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2019, 6:48 am (UTC)

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The main aspect of Thomas Hobbes’ philosophy was his belief that people needed to live in absolute monarchies. According to Hobbes, this was the best form of government. It was the only form of...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2015, 1:39 am (UTC)

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It is possible to argue that the feudal system proves Hobbes's view of human nature because people in that system tended to act in accordance with their selfish interests. In the feudal system (as...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2011, 6:56 am (UTC)

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Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Hobbes had a very pessimistic, if not outright cynical, view of human nature. Hobbes lived through the English Civil War, a period in which great violence was committed by his fellow...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2020, 10:17 pm (UTC)

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Hobbes had a complex account of the relationship between passion/desire and reason. In his thinking, passion is not necessarily opposed to reason. But for the sake of simplicity, reason is...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2013, 7:30 pm (UTC)

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Hobbes's concept of the state of nature is grim, to say the least. In Hobbes's view, without a powerful sovereign to keep people in line, humans will constantly be at each other's throats, robbing,...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2020, 7:29 am (UTC)

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Arnold W. Green has written an entire book on this subject -- a book which may lead you to other useful discussions: http://preview.tinyurl.com/5wnqzbo[Open in new window] An older book on the...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2011, 6:35 am (UTC)

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In answering this, we should remember that Hobbes's main concern was that the sovereign should be all-powerful. He felt that an absolute ruler was the only sort of ruler who could ensure that...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2012, 1:48 pm (UTC)

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Hobbes primary contribution to Western Civilization was to reconfigure how human beings were conceived. Hobbes was able to argue that human nature reflected one of self interest, capable of doing...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2010, 2:49 pm (UTC)

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Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) and Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778) were outstanding philosophers who developed the idea of a social contract. Previously, sovereigns were entitled to reign through what...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2019, 9:32 pm (UTC)

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Hobbes's belief that human nature is inherently selfish and prone to brutality informs his vision of what the state should be like. Because we are naturally "bad," Hobbes believes that we need to...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2011, 5:04 am (UTC)

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This quote relates to Hobbes's belief in Mechanism, a view that everything in the universe is explained by the interactions of material objects. Mechanism related to the idea of materialism, which...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2017, 1:07 am (UTC)

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Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury (1588 – 1679) was an English political philosopher. He is distinguished by an attitude of rationalism and materialism. He thinks that most human and natural phenomena...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2016, 6:23 pm (UTC)

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In order to answer this question, it is important to remember that the major argument that Hobbes makes is that the government (in the person of the monarch) should have absolute power. Hobbes...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2012, 10:14 am (UTC)

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Hobbes and Rousseau share a belief that there is an intrinsic need for a social contract amongst people in society. Both thinkers can be compared in the inherent understanding for what people can...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2014, 12:33 pm (UTC)

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I don't believe that Thomas Hobbes thinks of nature as an Assurance Game, but I do think he would find Assurance Games to be a handy tool for discussing why government is important. I think that...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2019, 10:58 pm (UTC)

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Jean-Baptiste Colbert and Adam Smith both concentrated on ways to increase wealth in their countries, but they had different ideas about how to do so, Colbert embracing mercantilism and Smith...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2022, 1:36 am (UTC)

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At the start of the 18th Century, agriculture in much of Europe was largely the same as it had been throughout the Middle Ages. It was characterized by mostly small farms that were worked in a...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2022, 4:29 pm (UTC)

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In many ways, the leaders of the movement known as the Enlightenment sought to completely re-examine the way that Europeans thought about long-established social and religious notions. The...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2022, 6:40 pm (UTC)

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