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UH DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE POLS 3310-02/ RB Griffin Spring 2009 Last Category II Paper: Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan , using Broadview text. DUE: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at the beginning of class Hobbes noted God set forth “the great power of the Leviathan, called him King of the Proud. There is nothing, saith he, on earth, to be compared with him. He is made so not to be afraid. He seeth every high thing below him; and is king of all the children of pride.” While Hobbes argues, one should not be afraid of the Leviathan, some view his covenant too harsh and the powers of the monarch too great in his political theory. Yet, Hobbes built into his theory some protection for the authors of the covenant against the whims of the “artificial man”. What are some of these protections against the power of the “Leviathan”? Would you agree or disagree such protections were enough given the events taking place in 16 th -17 th Europe and the failure of “manners,” fundamental laws of nature and
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