HIS109Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 19: Omnipotence, Civil Society, Fronde

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11 Apr 2016
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The basic theory as bad as absolutism was nothing was as bad as invading forces. Instabililty such that people were desperate for protection/security. Desire for stability made absolutism acceptable for people. Rejected charles 1"s ability to rule based on god given right to govern. Corporations etc are just worms within entrails of leviathan. Previously, men and women were ruled over by brute force in early mankind. Not a golden age, not to be looked at with nostalgia. Hobbes wrote man is wolf unto man. Meak and strong should be subject to a sovereign law. Hobbes proposes contract : people gave up their rights for protection security and government, king has responsibility to protect his people, contract is a contract. Hobbes a materialist, for something to be real it must be tangible. Hobbes: universe is material, all that is real is material. 5 years old when louis xiii died j mazarin, d 1661 richelieu successor, just as wiley as rich.

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