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In the Leviathan his own discourse of commonwealth Thomas Hobbes describes in detail the different elements of sensory perception and the part they play in all that we may come to know He was an empiricist in that he accredited all our dreams memories perceptions imaginings and everything that we know to the senses Hobbes also believed that in order to understand man as a social or political being you must first understand the fundamentals of mankind Men who are connected by a social contract with numerous components and perceptions are nothing but an artificial man just as the individual with all his different organs and senses According to Hobbes the officials of the state are much like the soul of a man and the only way to understand all men is to turn our thoughts inward and study oneself To understand the thoughts and desires of ourselves is to understand them in all mankindHobbes begins by discussing sense and how it effects or causes all of our thoughts He states For there is no conception in a mans mind which hath not at first totally or by parts been begotten upon the organs of sense The rest are derived from that original He believed that the cause of our senses came from an external pressure upon an organ appropriate to each sense According to his theory this external pressure would continue inward to the brain and heart in turn creating a sort of counter pressure within us Hobbes associated this counter pressure with a fancy or a seeming and this fancy is what we call sense Objects may exist in two ways The actual existence of an object apart from any consciousness is the concrete factual The perceived object is the existence of that object in our mind Once an object has been perceived by the senses then and only then are we able to imagine or remember that object One
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