25 July 2013

Thomas Hobbes, Political Philosopher

Thomas Hobbes was concerned with the problem of how to arrange society in such a way that the individual self-interest of its members was allowed maximum freedom to operate without encroaching on the rights of others.  The original condition of man was that of a creature living in a State-of-Nature in which he was in constant conflict with his neighbours.  He lived in a perpetual state of fear.There was no law, property, justice or "rights," apart from Might.

NOEL MALCOLM discusses why Thomas Hobbes has faced accusations of totalitarianism and argues that Britain's first great modern philosopher has more to offer than political theory.