HOBBES, Thomas
(1588 - 1679 )

Great English moral and political philosopher, who, in spite of charges of charges of atheism against him, wrote as a Christian in defence of government by monarchy as the necessary guarantee of human freedom. That freedom is a fundamental Christian expression, but it depends on the human propensity to self-interest being held in check by strong government, whose authority derives from beyond people themselves. His views are most comprehensively expressed in Leviathan 1651, known in an earlier form as ‘The Elements of Law, Natural and Politic’

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