Hobbes: Great Thinkers on Modern Life

Hobbes: Great Thinkers on Modern Life

by Hannah Dawson

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He elevated politics to a science and in his quest to find a way for society to achieve peace, Thomas Hobbes provided a secular justification for the state, and laid the foundations for modern sociology in the process.  His mighty Leviathan and other works can still provide guidance on navigating society and politics today.

Thomas Hobbes was an English philosopher who was roiled by the bloodshed and turmoil of the English Civil War. During this period of ceaseless in-fighting, he wrote his masterpiece, Leviathan, which established the foundation for Western political thought. His work has inspired both hate and awe, as he reveals the darker side of human nature and the value of authority. Though he claims man's nature is inherently competitive and selfish, he also shows us how to utilize these traits to our advantage to flourish, be fearless, and free.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605988078
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 09/07/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 120
File size: 667 KB

About the Author

Hannah Dawson is a senior lecturer in the History of Ideas at the New College of the Humanities, London.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 On Living in Fear 11

2 On Living Without Fear 23

3 On Being Free 33

4 On Feeling Free 43

5 On Creatures of Passion 53

6 On Goodness (for Me and for You) 63

7 On the Dangers of Words 75

8 On Religion as a Human Construct 83

Conclusion: What Price Peace? 89

Homework 93

Acknowledgements 101

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