real and his solutions only partly convincing, where will we go? Hobbes gained a reputation in many fields. 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.
Intensely disputatious, Hobbes repeatedly embroiled himself in prolonged arguments with clerics, mathematicians, scientists and philosophers - sometimes to the cost of his intellectual reputation. Machiavelli appears as the first modern political thinker, because like Hobbes he was no longer prepared to talk about politics in terms set by religious faith (indeed, he was still more offensive than Hobbes to many orthodox believers instead, he looked upon politics. Descartes, Mersenne and Gassendi. Ethics and Human Nature, materialism Versus Self-Knowledge, the Poverty of Human Judgment and our Need for Science.
In particular, are our political rulers properly as unlimited in their powers as Hobbes had suggested? Indeed, shouldn't our basic sense of morality prevent much of the greed, pre-emptive attack and reputation-seeking that Hobbes stressed in the first place? ( anglo - Saxon Leader Leader Leviathan, xiv.4) This repeats the points we have already seen about our "right of nature so long as peace does not appear to be a realistic prospect. Once more, it can be disputed whether this method is significant in shaping those ideas, or merely provides Hobbes with a distinctive way of presenting them. For obviously when we look into our selves we do not see mechanical pushes and pulls. Must this law have a religious dimension?
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Questions for Further Consideration and Recommended Further Reading, which follow each relevant chapter.
Theory of, human, nature : The Soul as a Set of Faculties, Including Rationality - Plato was a dualist who believed that we are composed of two substances.
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