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(Cambridge: University Press, 1959), 129-130. 4 Krook, Three Traditions , 130. Strauss, The Political Philosophy , 51 and 25. 5 Krook, Three Traditions , 130-131. Strauss, The Political Philosophy , 55 and 25. 6 Thomas Hobbes, The Elements of Law: Natural & Politic , ed. Ferdinand

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subjects, I say, not to take them insunder, but yet that they be so considered as if they were dissolved. 2 1 Introduction Much of what has been written about Thomas Hobbes has been about his political philosophy and even that has been much misunderstood. Many discussions have neglected his

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The year 1660 bisected the career of Thomas Hobbes. The two decades preceding the Restoration, roiled by the English Civil War, had both riveted Hobbes’s attention on political problems and had created a permissive publishing atmosphere favourable to controversialists and polemicists. All of

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31 Thomas Hobbes on melancholy MAURO SIMONAZZI 1. Melancholy and philosophy The opinions of the world, both in ancient and later ages, concerning the cause of madness, have been two. Some, deriving them from the passions; some, from demons, or spirits, either good or bad, which they thought

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One of the more succinct definitions of deliberation given by Thomas Hobbes can be found in The Elements of Law (1640) where he writes that the ‘alternate succession of appetite and fear, during all the time the action is in our power to do, or not to do, is that we call deliberation’. 1

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S. A. Lloyd responds to critics of her book Morality in the Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. She seeks to explain the centrality of Hobbes's reciprocity theorem to our understanding of his laws of nature.

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, Timothy Fowler and the anonymous referees for Hobbes Studies . Thomas Hobbes once wrote that the body politic “is a fictitious body”, thereby contrasting it with a natural body. 1 In this essay I argue that a central purpose of Hobbes’s political philosophy was to cast the fiction of the body

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This article argues that underlying Thomas Hobbes' prescription for concentrated power is system of ethics based on his understanding of human nature and the biological processes that govern natural human function. His thesis in Leviathan is not so much an argument for how rulers should rule as much as it is an argument for why individuals should allow themselves to be ruled in a specific manner. The justification for accepting rule comes from right reason which, in turn, comes to us from the dictates of the biological organism. If the biological organism is functioning correctly, it supports those processes and impulses which drive self-preservation. Anything that corrupts these natural processes and impulses are said to contravene right reason. Ultimately, the author believes that theoretical discourse concerning the essential interplay between political ethics and human nature should include consideration of Hobbes alongside Aristotle, David Hume, and others.

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46 Thomas Hobbes on Social Welfare SUZUKI, YOSHINORI Numerous studies have been made on the social and political thought of Thomas Hobbes, but his thought on social welfare was not discussed until J.W. Seaman in 1990.' Seaman criticises the interpretations of K. Thomas, W. Letwin, C. B

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'Natur' im Naturrechtsdenken von Thomas Hobbes* KLAUS-M. KODALLE 1. In der Perspektive theologischer Hermeneutik: Das Naturganze als Artefakt Angesichts der so folgenreichen Dominanz der Natur- und Technikwissenschaf- ten kbnnte man es schon als einen gewissen Fortschritt ansehen, dal3 heute

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