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absolute abandonment. This is far from being a Hobbesian commonplace. Famously, Thomas Hobbes ascribed to man the ‘greatest thing’, namely the ability to kill others. However, he did not imagine how human killing prowess may possess its own historicity; one which, in our times, brings about a radical

In: Journal for Continental Philosophy of Religion

's Theory of Immanence 89 may be observed. This notion was a major topic of dispute between Robert Boyle, Thomas Hobbes, Isaac Newton and others interested in experiments with air-pumps and related topics such as the existence and nature of a vac- uum. 24 Spinoza was acquainted with the work of both Boyle

In: The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy

conceptions of reality, such as Epicure’s atomism. 79 Of all the seventeenth-century thinkers, Thomas Hobbes is the most clearly identified with materialism, although he insisted on his fidelity to Scripture and Christianity. 80 Skepticism about doctrines not firmly rooted in material reality was not a seven

In: The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy

virtually every despotism known to the historical record. Indeed, the graver and more heinous the crime, the higher the authority that seems to be claimed for it. Thus the rightful fear of sensible persons and of the cautious friends of Thomas Hobbes, toward men and women who claim to talk with God and act

In: The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy