Leviathan Quotes by Thomas Hobbes
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Thomas Hobbes Biography
Thomas Hobbes was born near Malmesbury, England, in , the year that the Spanish Armada approached nearest to the English coast. Continually embroiled in controversy, and sometimes threatened with prosecution and death, Hobbes remarkably survived to the exceptional age of Although Hobbes excelled at Greek and Latin as a young student, he left no mark at Oxford. Shortly after taking his degree, Hobbes became engaged as a tutor to the Cavendish family, with whom he maintained a close connection for the rest of his life. In , Hobbes and his first charge embarked on a grand tour of the continent, traveling primarily to France and Italy.
The English philosopher and political theorist Thomas Hobbes was one of the central figures of political thought behind the British Empire. His major Thomas Hobbes. Reproduced by permission of Archive Photos, Inc. Born prematurely on April 5, , when his mother heard of the coming invasion of the Spanish Armada a fleet of Spanish warships , Thomas Hobbes later reported that "my mother gave birth to twins: myself and fear. After being involved in a fight with another clergyman outside his own church, the elder Thomas Hobbes was forced to flee to London, England, leaving his wife, two boys and a girl behind. Thomas was then raised and educated by an uncle and studied at the local schools. By the age of six he was studying Latin and Greek.
Thomas Hobbes , born April 5, , Westport, Wiltshire, England—died December 4, , Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire , English philosopher, scientist, and historian, best known for his political philosophy , especially as articulated in his masterpiece Leviathan Hobbes viewed government primarily as a device for ensuring collective security. Political authority is justified by a hypothetical social contract among the many that vests in a sovereign person or entity the responsibility for the safety and well-being of all. In metaphysics , Hobbes defended materialism , the view that only material things are real. His scientific writings present all observed phenomena as the effects of matter in motion. Hobbes was not only a scientist in his own right but a great systematizer of the scientific findings of his contemporaries, including Galileo and Johannes Kepler.
Thomas Hobbes — , whose current reputation rests largely on his political philosophy, was a thinker with wide-ranging interests. In philosophy, he defended a range of materialist, nominalist, and empiricist views against Cartesian and Aristotelian alternatives. In physics, his work was influential on Leibniz, and led him into disputes with Boyle and the experimentalists of the early Royal Society. In mathematics he was less successful, and is best remembered for his repeated unsuccessful attempts to square the circle. But despite that, Hobbes was a serious and prominent participant in the intellectual life of his time. Thomas Hobbes was born on 5 April