Philosopher Profile: Thomas Hobbes

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When Thomas Hobbes died in 1679 at the age of 91 his reputation as an atheist in religion and an absolutist in politics not only rendered him highly disreputable but also served to shunt his political ideas into relative obscurity for the next three hundred years. He was undoubtedly ahead of his time and his contribution to political philosophy has only been fully recognised more recently in the huge range of scholarship devoted to his most enduring work, Leviathan (1651).

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2 Responses to “Philosopher Profile: Thomas Hobbes”

  1. 1 westernparadigm May 19, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Adding my own two cents I would say – Pushing back the State of Nature man has become like a capon. Fear of physical force, fear of failure when faced with physical force, being undesirous of victory, the rise of the mediocre, rejection of real freedom, what refinement has law given man. Man has turned himself into a race of thrall and he creates justifications to explain to himself why that is not so.

  2. 2 cvd July 20, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    hobbes is a very great thinker who ranks with augustine and descrates – however he is wrong of course as prescriptive – his is really a diagnostician’s rumination – something outside positivism that still rules in the name of life – america has become everything hobbes envisioned as nasty brutish and short, simply expanded by media – at the same time, being a great thinker he is mainly in the realm of thought which americans still have not yet been convinced really exists! Ideas are dangerous in america and have always been – nasty brutish and short is a perfect description of the american soul later diagnosed so well by de tocqueville and d h lawrence – the soul under capitalism! Capitalism is now the “State on Nature” – just ask the homeless!

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