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Thomas Hobbes Thomas Hobbes was a very unique individual His ideas about absolutism changed peoples live still to this day To understand his ideas you might need to find out a little about his back round He was born in London England on April 51588 He went to college at Oxford University in England Hobbes enjoyed going to other European countries to meet with scientists to study different forms of government He also was an author he wrote Leviathan The Matter Form and Power of a Commonwealth Ecclesiastical and Civil One of the most substantial books would be Leviathan This describes how government need so be a supernatural sea creature to substain a safe way of lives When you hear his ideas for the fist time its easy to completely be outraged and not believe any of it The time you hear that people are naturally wicked and could not be trusted to govern you might be inclined to put the paper down and not even listen to him His ideas might be a little insane but they come from a very realistic person Ill gives you most of his personal ideas then I can give you the reasoning behind it Hobbes believed in a strong government He was one of the most influential secular justifications for absolutism He felt that humans were basically selfish creatures who would do anything to better their position When left alone Hobbes felt that people would act on their evil impulses People there for should not be trusted to make decisions on their own behalf thus the government should He also felt that like humans nations were selfishly motivated Each country was in a constant battle for power and health To show this point he has a quote which is If men are naturally in a state of war why do they always carry arms and why do they have keys to unlock their doors The government
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