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1 Alex Herbert, Nico Nissink, Mark Zimmermann
Thomas Hobbes Alex Herbert, Nico Nissink, Mark Zimmermann

2 Hobbes’ Childhood Born near Malmesbury, England at 1588
Adopted by his wealthy uncle after his father died At 14, he went to Magdalen College, Oxford

3 Hobbes Adulthood In 1608, was employed as a tutor to the son of William Cavendish (Earl of Devenshire) Was able to study classic literature

4 Hobbes in Paris Wrote three books on Galileo’s idea of reverse vision of dynamics These claimed that things always moved unless something stopped them The books were: Of Body, Of Man, Of Citizen These ideas contradicted Parliament, he fled to Paris. Tutored King Charles the 2nd’s son in mathematics

5 Hobbes Writings The Elements of Law Natural and Politic Leviathan
De Corpore The Questions Concerning Liberty His most famous book: Behemoth

6 Philosophical Ideas If the people do not obey the king, they will still go to Heaven Hobbes believed that God should not be concerned with human affairs God=dispensable role

7 Leviathan Agree with the king People are naturally evil
Independently motivated towards self interests=destruction Christianity forbid absolute power of King

8 State of Nature A perpetual state of war People are evil
No human goals are possible Humans should try to gain peace in any way possible The way to peace is to lay down their rights

9 Beliefs in Government Strong government=no civil war
One person should have absolute power to keep the state together Sovereignty by institution Sovereignty by acquisition Fear=Sovereignty’s success Protection of the subjects is key

10 Limits of Power Subjects can disobey King’s commands
Only active when: Lives, Family, Or honor is in danger King has total power, not divided

11 Hobbes’ Effect on the Revolution
Subjects can rebel Government=protection No protection=rebellion Colonists believed they had to rebel Rights not protected Heavy taxation Harsh trade laws

12 Work’s Cited Lloyd, Sharon A. and Sreehar, Susanne. “Hobbes’s Moral and Political Philosophy.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Stanford University. 9th October, <> "Thomas Hobbes." Encyclopædia Britannica Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 09 Oct <>. “Thomas Hobbes.” th October, <>

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