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Thomas Hobbes

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Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) was an English philosopher who had two central beliefs. Firstnotable as one of the founders of [[social contract]] theory, he was and a materialist, and felt that there is nothing more to the human mind than what we see in lifeforerunner of [[British empiricism]]. Second, Hobbes was As a cynic[[materialism|materialist]], who believed that man is essentially a selfish creature who lives in fear his concept of death. Hobbes most famous work was human existence excluded the ''Leviathan'' (1651)[[soul]], in which he argues that man's selfish nature requires with the [[mind]] being given a social contract between man and government, so that government can impose law and orderpurely mechanical explanation. Hobbes felt that an absolute monarchy He was inevitable due widely rumoured during his lifetime to man's defective naturebe an atheist.
According to Hobbes' idea s most famous work ''Leviathan'' (1651), life for humans prior to the foundation of a the social contract was picked up "solitary, poore, nasty, brutish and short". Humans had to form collectives in order to protect themselves from each other. This idea was extended by [[John Locke]] for a different philosophy, and then embraced who held (most notably in different form by his ''Second Treatise on Government'') that collectivisation was necessary for the American Declaration promotion of Independenceeconomic growth. Hobbes's love of strong leadership led him to support monarchy, although he took the view that any strong government was better than nothing, and the stronger the better.