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Chapter 1-12

POL200Y1 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1-12: Leviathan


Department
Political Science
Course Code
POL200Y1
Professor
Clifford Orwin
Chapter
1-12

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Picture on Title Page:
Individual leader is the people
Images of spiritual power
o Power of the church
Dedicatory Letter:
Purpose of the geese metaphor:
o Simple and impartial creatures
o Did not save people in power because they care
Hobbes is going to defend whoever is in power
o Will defend the office of the sovereign
Introduction:
Creation of leviathan
o Meant to be the commonwealth
o Created by people
o We can improve on nature through our art
Things we want are objects of our passions
o If we want to understand ourselves, we must understand our passions
The Senses:
Why does Hobbes speak on this?
o How we interact with the world
Prison house of senses:
o Trapped in our bodies, senses give off the only truth that we know
Problems:
o Can senses deceive us?
o Images that may not be there seem real
Speech is the way we keep track of the effects we have seen
o Words are just naming we have agreed on for things
Passions:
Difference between man and beast:
o An animal can experience something and make connections
o Humans can figure out the cause and what else you can do with this cause
Power:
Getting what you want
Power is better than wealth
What should we be using this power for?
o To meet our desires
What happens when this is met?
Able to meet new desires
New power for new desires
o Leads to nothing
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