30 - Science and Ideology in the English Civil War: Thomas...

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Science and Ideology in the English Civil War: Thomas Hobbes English Civil War of 1640s—King Charles I beheaded in 1649; old foundations of belief (king, church, tradition) called into question, even destroyed. What then was the proper basis for political power, or for authority in any realm—including in science? In Leviathan (1651), Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679, English) had a lot of influence, More for the reaction against it. Few people accepted his conclusion but his ideas made their way into the political thinking. used a version of the mechanical philosophy to derive an authoritarian political system. he has a purely mechanical phl. Advocated political authoritarianism. Said only path to not lead to division and conflict. He took the radical new phl and derived authoritarian political view. He went to oxford, was raised by a clergyman. Wasn't happy with the type of education he received. In 1608 he got a lucky break. he became tutor to a wealthy powerful family and was associated with him for the rest of his life. He was a teacher for the havinish sons and take them on the tour of europe to see art and architecture and meet important people. He met Galileo, Descartes, and became close with other important french scientific thinkers. He had worked in the 1620's as a secretary to Bacon. they didn't get a long, their phl were radically different. A key turning point for hobbies came in 1629 when visiting Geneva and came across Euclids, elements of geometry. He started looking at the pythagoreum theorem. He saw the nature of deductive truth and he became in love with geometry. He spent the rest of his life working with geometry. He took geometry as the model of clear true reason. Hobbes took a deductive top down approach to reason and truth. Not interested in
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2011 for the course HISTORY 322D taught by Professor Hunt during the Fall '11 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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