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Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) Hobbes is a contemporary of Descartes and Galileo. Leviathan is written in 1651. It’s written in the midst of the English Civil War (1643-1646) a struggle between parliament and Charles I. Question was about monarchy as over against republic as form of state organization. Even if it can be seen as rocking the idea of the absolute monarch, the chaos the followed gave lots of pause. Hobbes basic model was that individuals are mutually dangerous ==> band together ==> contract ==> civil society ==> need for absolute authority. Man should give up natural liberties for artificial peace. Although not the first to articulate these ideas, he is generally cited as the foundation for the “humans fall into disorder without government” and “government involves transfer of power from individuals to sovereign” lines of thinking. What is the argument of the text? Just to get a sense of how to do this, let’s look at it step by step: 1. Nobody is so physically strong as to never be challenged and people are even more equal
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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