The Political Philosophy Of Thomas Hobbes Essay

1074 Words Oct 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
Thomas Hobbes, best known for his work on political philosophy and his examinations of

human nature, contributed immensely to contemporary thought of political philosophy, as he is

the founding father of modern political philosophy. I find the political philosophy of Thomas

Hobbes, although materialist and highly pessimistic, to be the most compelling out of the

political philosophers we studied thus far because I believe that it is most practical, coherent, and

logical. His interpretation of the State of Nature, and the human desire to escape it, the social

contract theory, and how society cannot properly function without it, and his explanation for the

need of a sovereign, to uphold the social contract, makes his political theory both compelling and


Hobbes began to divulge his political philosophy with an explanation of the State of

Nature, a state in which there is no government, civilization, laws, and no common power to

limit the actions of humans; where people are always in danger and no one ever has any sense of

security. Hobbes wrote in his book entitled Leviathan:

“[In the State of Nature]…every man is Enemy to every man; the same is consequent to the time, wherein men live without other security, than what their own strength, and their own invention shall furnish them withall. In such condition, there is no…Society; and which is worst of all, continuall feare, and danger of violent death; And the life of man, solitary,…

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