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An Examination of the Political Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes and Rene Descartes
<center><i>"Politics should be the application of the science Of man to the construction of the community" Explain this remark and discuss what reasons there might be for thinking it is not true</i></center> In this essay I intend to examine the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes and Re...
The Life and Works of Thomas Hobbes
Born during a period of medieval philosophy, Thomas Hobbes developed a new way of thinking. He perfected his moral and political theories in his controversial book Leviathan, written in 1651. In his introduction, Hobbes describes the state of nature as an organism analogous to a large person (p.42). He advises that people s...
The Life and Works of Thomas Hobbes
EARLY LIFE. Thomas Hobbes was born at Westport, adjoining Malmesbury in Wiltshire, on April 5, 1588. His father, the vicar of the parish (so John Aubery tells us), "was one of the ignorant Sir Johns of Queen Elizabeth's time, could only read the prayers of the church and the homilies, and valued not learning, as not kn...
Ethics According to Thomas Aquinas and Thomas Hobbes
In his writings on Early Christian Ethics, Thomas Aquinas proposed the existence of four distinct types of laws. These laws are eternal, natural, human, and divine. Aquinas defines eternal law as that which orders everything in the universe. It is a cosmos which issues from the will and wisdom of God. He defines natural la...
Comparing Descartes, Hobbes, Sartre, and Nietzsche
Group I: Descartes is writing in the time of epistemology. In particular he is writing about modern epistemology. Epistemology has to do with knowledge and freedom. It comes from the Greek words episteme, which means knowledge and logos, which means discourse. During the time they wanted to figure out the theory of knowled...
An Analysis of Thomas Hobbes' Theory of Knowledge and How We Come to Know Things
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 se...
Thomas Hobbes 3 Principles of Quarrel
“The first maketh men invade for gain; the second, for safety; and the third, for reputation. The first use violence, to make themselves masters of other men's persons, wives, children, and cattle; the second, to defend them; the third, for trifles, as a word, a smile, a different opinion, and any other sign of undervalue,...
Comparing Hobbes and Locke
Hobbes and Locke were one of the greatest philosophers of all time. They made people think about the whole world in very different ways, and question things about the world we live in. For example, are we all actually free? How much power does the government actually have? Are we all at war with each other? Even though most...
An Argument in Favor of Jean Jacques Rousseau's View of Humanity
Thomas Hobbes believes that all people are naturally evil, hostile, and self-seeking whereas Jean Jacques Rousseau claims that all people are naturally good people and generally happy. I plan to prove that Rousseau has the stronger position of the two contract theorists. Thomas Hobbes claims all people are hostile and nat...
Thomas Hobbes's Certain Laws of Nature
According to Thomas Hobbes, there are certain laws of nature which exist in the absence of an organized government. These laws are extremely cut throat, and place people in extremely dangerous situations where their lives are in danger. Government is the answer to this dangerous situation, but it is here that the questi...