Hobbes, Descartes and the Deus deceptor

In: Hobbes Studies
Mauro Farnesi Camellone Research Fellow, Università di Padova, Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, Giuridiche e Studi Internazionali, via del Santo 28, 35123 Padova, Italy, email:

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This article is a contribution to the question of the impact of Descartes on Hobbes’s philosophy. The focus is put on the radicalization that Hobbes had made of the Cartesian argument of the Deus deceptor. To introduce the question we analyze the critique of miracles led by Hobbes. The aim of the article is to underline the close connection subsisting between foundation of science, critique of religion and political science in the thought of the English philosopher.

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