Hobbes

Hobbes

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Hobbes

Hobbes

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The biographer of the present day knows not whether to envy or to pity his predecessors in the seventeenth century. The increased advantages bring responsibilities. The materials available were formerly of manageable bulk; nor was it thought necessary to emulate scientific procedure by minutely investigating a man's "environment" and tracing all the influences which moulded his character or the character of his ancestors. Thomas Hobbes, of Malmesbury, author of the Leviathan , was the most conspicuous English thinker in the whole period between Bacon and Locke, and his long career, described on the modern scale, would certainly have filled at least a couple of portly volumes. The actual accounts fill only a few pages. They tantalise the reader by many glimpses of a very interesting personality. Yet, brief as they are, they give perhaps as distinct an impression of the main outlines of a notable figure as could have been produced by far more elaborate detail.

Hobbes himself was obviously convinced--I have reasons for hoping that his conviction was well founded . . .

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