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Lecture 19

POL200Y1 Lecture 19: Intro to Hobbes, Leviathan, Chapters 1-12
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Quiet life, never married, noble family
Worked as secretary, tutor, historian, philosopher
Had to live in France to avoid civil revolution
Introduction (to Hobbes)
Brother died in civil war - Sidney, dedicated to
Defend civil power
Discourse to commonwealth / debates on civil power
Hobbes : I am geese for every government,
protect government, doesn't care who / what,
defend all civil authority
2 - comparison to goose? : I speak not of the men,
but in the abstract to the seat of power
Doesn't say why he aims to do so
Might upset certain parties, turned scripture
Dedicatory
Man as great creator, he is greatest creation of God
Leviathan is man's greatest creation
Supposed to remind humans how small we are
Leviathan is nothing compared to God --> we
need God, so weak --> exists to counteract human
pride
Biblical : scary monster, no one but God can kill
Human creation, our greatest paradoxical
vision: exists to crush pride, yet proudest
creation
Hobbes's Leviathan : collection of commonwealth,
all powerful entity, prevent conflict, 'mortal God',
to secure rule
Trusting in others: instead of relying on books,
rely on selves --> challenge to reader, don't just
accept
Free from others, but not too much pride in
selves
Key to riddle is the Leviathan
2 goals : provide theoretical defense for all
regimes, and free us from influence in external
Introduction
Understanding of human mind
Everything we think about comes from sense,
appearance of world
Everything we think about comes from sense
perception and imprisoned by it --> can't think
Chapters 1-3 - psychology
Lecture 2.7: Intro to Hobbes,
Leviathan
, 1-12
February 16, 2017
2:00 PM
LECTURE Page 53

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Lecture 2.7: Intro to Hobbes, Leviathan, 112 February16, 22:00 PM Introduction (to Hobbes) Quiet life, never married, noble family Worked as secretary, tutor, historian, philosopher Had to live in France to avoid civil revolution Dedicatory Brother died in civil war Sidney, dedicated to Discourse to commonwealth debates on civil power Defend civil power 2 comparison to goose? : I speak not of the men, but in the abstract to the seat of power Crisis in Roman Republic, Romans holed up on capital, gauls climb up cliff to capital, Romans are saved when the geese start squawking at the gauls > the Gods must love Romans Hobbes : I am geese for every government, protect government, doesnt care who what, defend all civil authority Doesnt say why he aims to do so Might upset certain parties, turned scripture Introduction Man as great creator, he is greatest creation of God Leviathan is mans greatest creation Biblical : scary monster, no one but God can kill Supposed to remind humans how small we are Leviathan is nothing compared to God > we need God, so weak > exists to counteract human pride Hobbess Leviathan : collection of commonwealth, all powerful entity, prevent conflict, mortal God, to secure rule Human creation, our greatest paradoxical vision: exists to crush pride, yet proudest creation Trusting in others: instead of relying on books, rely on selves > challenge to reader, dont just accept 2 goals : provide theoretical defense for all regimes, and free us from influence in external Free from others, but not too much pride in selves Key to riddle is the Leviathan Chapters 13 psychology Understanding of human mind Everything we think about comes from sense, appearance of world Everything we think about comes from sense perception and imprisoned by it > cant think
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