Who is Thomas Hobbes?

  • (noun): English materialist and political philosopher who advocated absolute sovereignty as the only kind of government that could resolve problems caused by the selfishness of human beings (1588-1679).
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Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury (5 April 1588 – 4 December 1679), 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.

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Jerusalem (Mendelssohn) - Moses Mendelssohn's Treatise “On Religious Power” and Its Composition - The Philosophical Issue (First Part) - The Natural Condition of Man Is Intolerance (Thomas Hobbes)
... libertarian point of view he drew nearer to Thomas Hobbes’ scenario of the “war of every man against every man” (bellum omnium contra omnes) which Hobbes had ... In Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan the argument that the fear of God also committed the state as an inferior power, was borrowed from a theological tradition ... Mendelssohn obviously used Hobbes’ moral philosophy to address the present conditions in the French and the Habsburg Monarchy and its Roman Catholic constitution, but his main ...
John Milton's Relationships - Literary - Thomas Hobbes
... There is little known about a direct relationship, if there was any, between Milton and Thomas Hobbes except for one passage from John Aubrey's ... Hobbes was not one of his acquaintances, that her husband did not like him at all, but he would acknowledge him to be a man of great parts, and a ... that, in terms of philosophy and not theology or politics, Milton and Hobbes held similar beliefs ...

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