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Essay 1: Ideology of Hobbes
Thomas Hobbes was one of the most influential political philosophers of all time, providing both support and justification of government. During his lifetime there was considerable political turmoil between the King and the Parliament, whereby Hobbes wrote in support of the King and the concept of absolute sovereignty. What is particularly interesting about Hobbes’s writings is that he was the first philosopher to use a scientific approach in an attempt to understand human behavior. Supported particularly by the notion of mechanic materialism, the idea is that anything can be reduced to material bodies in motion. Through his most highly regarded work Leviathan, Hobbes explores human nature and provides rationale for the need of government. In the absence of government, there can be no possibility of society and thus civilized life ceases to exist as man is said to be in a state of nature. Such a......
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