Thomas Hobbes
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Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury (5 April 1588 – 4 December 1679), in some older texts Thomas Hobbs of Malmsbury, was an English philosopher, best known today for his work on political philosophy. His 1651 book Leviathan established the foundation for most of Western political philosophy from the perspective of social contract theory.

Hobbes was a champion of absolutism for the sovereign but he also developed some of the fundamentals of European liberal thought: the right of the individual; the natural equality of all men; the artificial character of the political order (which led to the later distinction between civil society and the state); the view that all legitimate political ... more »

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  • ''I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.''
    Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), British philosopher. Anecdotes of Men of Learning, ed. Watkins. Last words spoken.
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  • ''He that is taken and put into prison or chains is not conquered, though overcome; for he is still an enemy.''
    Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), British philosopher. "A Review and Conclusion," Leviathan (1651).
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  • ''The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead, but from the competition and mutual envy of the living.''
    Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), British philosopher. "A Review and Conclusion," Leviathan (1651).
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  • ''Wisdom, properly so called, is nothing else but this: the perfect knowledge of the truth in all matters whatsoever.
    Thomas Hobbes (1579-1688), British philosopher. De Cive, dedication (1642).
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  • ''When the nature of the thing is incomprehensible, I can acquiesce in the Scripture: but when the signification of words is incomprehensible, I cannot acquiesce in the authority of a Schoolman.''
    Thomas Hobbes (1579-1688), British philosopher. English Works, "An Answer to Dr. Bramhall," vol. 4, p. 314, ed. Molesworth (1839-1845).
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