Thomas Hobbes

Smart guy

Birth and Death

born in Malmesbury ,Wiltshire april 5th 1585 died in hardwick, derbyshire, 4 Dec. 1679
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Was a cleric, merchant


Went to Oxford school and Oxford University

What made him famous

1. The leviathan book he wrote 2. His beliefs
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His famous quote

Now I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.

The condition of man... is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.

Curiosity is the lust of the mind.

A man's conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, so also the conscience, may be erroneous.

No mans error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it.

Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.

The life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

The flesh endures the storms of the present alone; the mind, those of the past and future as well as the present. Gluttony is a lust of the mind.

Understanding is nothing else than conception caused by speech.

The obligation of subjects to the sovereign is understood to last as long, and no longer, than the power lasteth by which he is able to protect them. ( from google )

opponent Jhon Locke

believed everyone was selfish and horrible
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Beliefs about the goverment

Hobbes believed that humans were basically selfish creatures who would do anything to better their position. Left to themselves, he thought, people would act on their evil impulses. According to Hobbes, people therefore should not be trusted to make decisions on their own. In addition, Hobbes felt that nations, like people, were selfishly motivated. To Hobbes, each country was in a constant battle for power and wealth. To prove his point, Hobbes wrote, "If men are naturally in a state of war, why do they always carry arms and why do they have keys to lock their doors?"( from google)