Our Universe has seen a lot of famous people who have contributed to the development of all nations. Moreover, thanks to such people as, for instance, Thomas Hobbes, the entire world has benefited. All in all, Thomas Hobbes has made a contribution to the development of political science, philosophy, history, ethics, and theology (Thomas Hobbes 1).
First of all, it is worth mentioning that he is considered to be an English philosopher of the 17th century. In 1651, he wrote a very famous book “Leviathan”that laid the foundation for political science for not only Great Britain but also other countries of Europe (Thomas Hobbes 1). Although Hobbes wrote a lot of books and treaties, including “Human Nature”, “De Corpero Politico”, “Mediations First Philosophy of Descartes”, and other ones, his book “Leviathan” or “The Matter, Form, and Power of a Commonwealth, Ecclesiastical and Civil” has drawn the attention of not only politicians but also ordinary people several centuries already. Moreover, the English Civil War of 1642 inspired Hobbes to write such a theoretical book about the connection of actions taken by the civil government with the political instability in a country due to war (Thomas Hobbes 2). Hobbes believed that a state was a monster (Leviathan) that was populated by many people. Additionally, in this book Hobbes was the first to investigate the Social contract theory (Thomas Hobbes 2). In his opinion, wars were not inherent to people: “the passions that incline men to peace are fear of death, desire of such things as are necessary to commodious living, and a hope by their industry to obtain them” (Thomas Hobbes 2). Furthermore, Hobbes leveled criticism against specific religious theories, as well as stated that a state had to be granted powers in respect of faith (Thomas Hobbes 3). As the English Civil War left an impression on Hobbes, he considered that in order to prevent such riots, a central authority has be keep everything under strict control. Besides, in 1666, there was published a treatise “De principiis et ratiocinatione geometrarum” in which he tried to oppose the thoughts of professors in the filed of geometry.
All in all, Hobbes made a significant contribution to the development of science.
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