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John Locke vs Thomas Hobbes: Founders of Modern Political Science

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In every moral and political matter, the decisive question for Hobbes is always: who is to judge? Method tells us how to investigate things in order to achieve scientia, the best sort of knowledge. This section tells a version of the first story. Science provides him with a distinctive method and some memorable metaphors and similes. In 1610, as companion to the younger William, he undertook a grand tour of Europe, where he was exposed to European scientific and critical methods in contrast to the philosophy which he had learned in Oxford. This is an intruiging suggestion, but seems not to be very far developed.

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Thomas Hobbes Biography

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Representativa de un constante aumento del desacuerdo en cuanto a los significados comunes y fundamentales, y en tal sentido nos permite ver que precaria era, para Hobbes la distancia entre estado de naturaleza y sociedad civil. Hobbes was also aware that an assembly such as Parliament could constitute a sovereign body. Hobbes was a good pupil and, around 1603, he moved to Magdalen College, Oxford to continue his education. What if the sovereign looks weak and we doubt whether he can continue to secure peace…? This makes any alliance, government or ruler subject to the law rather than being above it because they or he is the author of the law. For us, it is equally obvious that only a few extreme forms of dispute have this very dangerous power.

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POLITICAL THEORY

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Where political authority exists, our duty seems to be quite straightforward: to obey those in power. However, the weakest, through guile, can still kill the strongest. The Elements of Law, Natural and Politic, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. The upshot is that Hobbes does not think that we are basically or reliably selfish; and he does not think we are fundamentally or reliably rational in our ideas about what is in our interests. The first is a reaction against religious authority as it had been known, and especially against the that accepted and defended such authority.


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Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

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Once civil society exists, the only rightful judge is the sovereign. You would have desires such as food and water that others may also want. Hobbes did not insist it was necessary to work through all the issues about individuals before tackling the issues about groups, as he acknowledged when he published the third part of the Elements of Philosophy De Cive first. All have advantages and disadvantages, he argues. This is literally might makes right. De Homine, meanwhile, focuses on matters of physiology and optics. Δηλαδή περί θαυμάτων, περί της σημασίας του λόγου των προφητών, περί του σκότους που προέρχεται από κενή φιλοσοφία και ποιοι το καρπώνονται και άλλα τέτοια κουλά.

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Thomas Hobbes

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Though there are hints of this account in Leviathan, it is set out in most detail in De Corpore. Representativa de un constante aumento del desacuerdo en cuanto a los significados comunes y fundamentales, y en tal sentido nos permite ver que precaria era, para Hobbes la distancia entre estado de naturaleza y sociedad civil. What, then, is Hobbes's view of human nature? So, still thinking of egoistic agents, the more people do get away with it, the more reason others have to think they can do the same. Hobbes was a widely read and controversial author. Some of these points continue to be relevant, others are obviously anachronistic: evidently Hobbes could not have imagined the modern state, with its vast bureaucracies, massive welfare provision and complicated interfaces with society. His ideas were marked by a mechanistic materialist foundation, a characterization of human nature based on greed and fear of death, and support for an absolute monarchical form of government.

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Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

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What is needed is a democracy not a tyranny. He was little attracted by the learning of the day, and largely pursued his own curriculum, graduating in 1608. History proves that over and over. Civil war meant that the country became militarily divided. I don't trust government, as I think no citizen should.

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Thomas Hobbes > By Individual Philosopher > Philosophy

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To the contemporary reader, Hobbes seems to be arguing that we would all be best living in a totalitarian regime. Fear of death is the primary motivation for our surrender to political authority. However, since in any case of dispute the sovereign is the only rightful judge - on this earth, that is — those moral limits make no practical difference. It is true that some of the problems that face people like this - rational egoists, as philosophers call them - are similar to the problems Hobbes wants to solve in his political philosophy. If our lives seem to be at stake, after all, we're unlikely to have many scruples about stealing a loaf of bread; if we perceive someone as a deadly threat, we may well want to attack first, while his guard is down; if we think that there are lots of potential attackers out there, it's going to make perfect sense to get a reputation as someone who shouldn't be messed with. Second, in any case Hobbes often relies on a more sophisticated view of human nature.

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Thomas Hobbes

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I can't think of any written text that I despise more, except perhaps Mein Kempf. But the unity that comes about from having a single person at the apex, together with fixed rules of succession that pre-empt dispute about who this person should be, makes monarchy Hobbes's preferred option. Thus, Hobbes' views were based on the premise that what we ought to do depends greatly on the situation in which we find ourselves: where political authority is lacking as in his famous natural condition of mankind , our fundamental right is self-preservation to save our skins by whatever means we think fit ; where political authority exists, however, our duty is merely to obey those in power. Hobbes died on 4 December 1679 at Hardwick Hall, one of the homes of the Cavendish family, with whom he was still associated after seventy years. We shall see that Hobbes's greatest fear was social and political chaos - and he had ample opportunity both to observe it and to suffer its effects.

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Thomas Hobbes > By Individual Philosopher > Philosophy

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And to compute is to collect the sum of many things added together at the same time, or to know the remainder when one thing has been taken from another. Indeed, many would now argue that political compromises which provide different groups and bodies with independent space to judge certain social or political issues can be crucial for preventing disputes from escalating into violent conflict or civil war. It's interesting purely as a historical document, as it followed the English civil war and speaks out, basically, for commonsense civility and peace-through-strength. In Leviathan and De Corpore something more complex goes on Duncan 2011. Both Hobbes and Locke see government as a necessity, but the amount of government and the means and justifications for ruling are very much different. Hobbes had also interacted with various prominent intellectual figures. Hobbes' view of government is as jaded as his view of human nature.


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John Locke vs Thomas Hobbes: Founders of Modern Political Science

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Does he not there as much accuse mankind by his actions as I do by my words? In the Elements of Law Hobbes offers a cosmological argument for the existence of God Hobbes 1640, 11. Hobbes defends the divine right of royal power to a certain extent and proceeds to define this power as absolute. Hobbes often makes his view clear, that we have such moral obligations. There are two sorts of egoism commentators have attributed to Hobbes: psychological and ethical. For obviously when we look into our selves we do not see mechanical pushes and pulls. He embodies everything I despise in Western thought.

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