"set fire to a volume of Hobbes"

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) was an English philosopher, scientist, and historian. He is known for his writing on political philosophy, particularly Leviathan (1651) in which he called for absolute sovereign rule to counter the natural state of "war of all against all" in which life is "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short".


Frontispiece of 'Leviathan' (1651)
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