Liberty, Prudence, Imperfection, and Law

    We lock our doors at night despite knowing the police are there to protect us.

    Leviathan: I.XIII

    I.XIII This short chapter marks the beginning of one of the most famous passages of political philosophy in the English language and is undoubtedly familiar to anyone…

    Ceiling Civitas Dei (City of God), Entrance of the Cathedral, Aachen, Germany.

    Leviathan: I.XII

    I.XII Two whole sections of the Leviathan are devoted exclusively to Hobbes’s articulation of the church/state relationship, so when he includes a chapter “Of Religion,” there…

    Unlike Hobbes, Aristotle saw virtue as the goal of all human  relationships. "Aristotelesarp." Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

    Leviathan: I.X-XI

    I.X–XI Having said that what we most desire is power, Hobbes begins a dissection of the different interpretations of power and how it relates to our…


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