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Thomas Hobbes

(1588 - 1679)

Philosopher, scientist, and historian Thomas Hobbes graduated from Oxford University in 1608 and published the first Greek-to-English translation of Thucydides in 1629. He first gained recognition for his political thought in 1640 when Royalists used arguments from his treatise The Elements of Law during a debate in Parliament. During the English civil war, he sought safety in Paris, where he would remain for more than a decade, experimenting with optics, instructing Charles II in mathematics, and writing Leviathan. It was published in England because, he said, “The truth is, I have a mind to go home.” He did so in 1652.

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Voices In Time

1651 | Paris

Power to Move

Thomas Hobbes on liberty and necessity.More

Voices In Time

1640 | London

Mutual Aid

Thomas Hobbes considers the weight of men’s fears.More

There be beasts that, at a year old, observe more, and pursue that which is for their good more prudently, than a child can do at ten.

—Thomas Hobbes, 1651

I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.

—Thomas Hobbes, 1679

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