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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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In the course of explaining in Chapter VI that the passions should be understood in terms of appetites and aversions, Hobbes declares that good and evil themselves are really nothing more than names for what we like and dislike:
For Locke, though, as for Hobbes, we leave the state of nature out of self-interest.
Hobbes recognizes that a small sector of society will never be satisfied under a sovereignty in which they are not in charge.
In "The Free Will Problem" Paul Russell traces to Hobbes some of the main compatibilist arguments and motifs prominent in the works of 20th-century philosophers such as Schlick, Hobart, Ayer, and Smart.
Like Skinner's preceding works, such as The Foundations of Modern Political Thought (Cambridge, 1978) and Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes (Cambridge, 1996), the argument of this book is based on the author's particular method as first set forth in the late 1960's.
Hobbes, the subject of this article, took a similar perspective and was one of the earliest modern biblical critics to argue that his method was scientific and that it follows the dictates of reason (24-30, 90-91, 288, 329, 522-23).
Thomas Hobbes argued that freedom is the absence of external limits, which can make an individual powerless and useless (11).
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Hobbes argued in such a situation, life would be "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short".
Quentin Skinner compellingly describes out of the works of Hobbes (2008,
But whereas political theatricalists like Shakespeare or political theorists like Hannah Arendt insist on the truth of the figure of the theatrum mundi--all the world really is the stage upon which human action and life take place, become visible, and answer to other human life--Kottman shows how the discourse of political theory, here represented by Plato as its founding father and Thomas Hobbes as its revolutionary secularizer, has insisted that the theatrum mundi is no more than a figure, one that tells us what politics is like, but not what it is (206).
Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), whose Leviathan stands among the canonical texts of political thought, shared this understanding, but he occupies a highly ambiguous place in the history of economic thought.
Calvin and Hobbes has always been a truly unique and surreal comic strip.
But so it was that on a crisp, clear autumn morning, when a fair number of people were letting their defecating dogs loose on the pristine sands of Whitmore Bay, I turned for solace and guidance to Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.