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Violent reality dictates...more
Hobbes is my least favorite philosopher. He embodies everything I despise in West...more
"The sovereign has twelve principal rights:
1. because a successive covenant cannot override a prior one, the subjects cannot (lawfully) change the form of government.
2. because the covenant forming the commonwealth results fro...more
Originally I planned to adapt an essay I wrote at univers...more
It's interesting to think that this book is the fundamental root of a lot of ultra-conservative brains. On some level, I can understand this. Hobbes defends the divine right of royal power (to a certain extent) and proceeds to define this power as absolute. Without question, subjects must bow to their masters, under any circumstances. In all this, however, he ultimately says that a monarch's power is granted him by his subjects, for without subj...more
Frankly, I can’t imagine anyone liking Hobbes, as his take on social contract theory supports the theoretical gr...more
Every question that I have conceived within the confines of my mind, this book has answered it perfectly and efficiently. It is amazing how Thomas Hobbes has argued, analyzed and even criticized th...more
Bellum omnium contra omnes
Another book from philosophy class. I have trouble remembering whether this book or the Critique of Pure Reason frustrated the class more. This was a very "interesting" book to read. I think when people call Plato's Republic fascist they are thinking more of this text which took all the controver...more
-- The Damned, "Neat Neat Neat"
The liberal instinct urges me to say that I disagree with it, but this book and its implications are bigger than me. I almost have to laugh at myself for leveling judgement on it, as if it mattered -- me: already living in the world of the leviathan. In the bigger sense, I don't disagree with it, anyway -- perhaps in the normative sense, but as an observer of society I see he seems to have his shit together. With my judgement out of...more
But that's the thing, we all know it. And when we hear his shitty, absurdly baroque argument, we like it even less. To a modern reader, Hobbes is his own worst enemy. If you have a historical interest in...more
However, the book is not famous for its prose style but for its controversial propositions. One of the mor...more
hobbes' theory is a misanthropic, elitist vision that humans are basically corrupt, evil and stupid, and must be lead by a far-sighted guardian or "leviathan" which enforces private property relations and prevents people from following their "evil impulses."
...and I haven't even opened the cover yet...
Leviathan shall devour me alive...
For some reason, even though Second Treatise of Government is about a million times skinnier than Leviathan and its very name is less imposing, I'm having an easier time with Leviathan.
Yes, Hobbes, I do understand that people can have "stream of consciousness" thoughts. NO, I DO NOT NEED YOU TO GIVE ME AN EXAMPLE!!
17th century vocabulary is so fun to decipher. Hobbes keeps calling the...more
• "Of Common-wealth" discusses rights of sovereigns and subjects and goes over the legislative mechanics of the commonwealth.
• "Of a Christian Common-wealth" discusses the compatibility of Christian doctrine with Hobbes' idea of the Le...more
Besides its girth, the first thing that I would say usually dis...more
Join the Sovereign Advocates in support for The Monarchy Revitalization Act AD800. Now is the time to add your voice to the call for “The Rule of One.” Thomas Hobbes, a potentate’s chief promoter, thanks everyone for submitting to Leviathan and endorsing this crucial measure.
The bill AD800 calls for a government similar to those of Kaiser Wilhelm II, Henry VIII, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire also known as The Hapsburgs. AD800 will re-establish true order since all men of r...more
Uprooted from its context, Hobbes’ treatise is a mostly dry, taxing, moribund dungeon-crawl through the musty precincts of Christian Monarchism (though his game-mechanics for playing a Commonwealth are flexible enough for a democratic Assembly, clinching the book’s rep as the cobwebbed grandfather clock of modern political theory). Walking its crypts and vaults, past the dere...more