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Thinking About Philosophers: Contemplating Hobbes

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Thinking About Philosophers: Contemplating Hobbes

Evening Course

Wednesday, September 25, 2024 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0394A
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Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau are three influential philosophers whose ideas have significantly shaped political theory and the understanding of the social contract. Each thinker offered distinct perspectives on the nature of human beings, the origins of political authority, and the formation of societies. Join Georgetown professor Joseph Hartman as he explores each of these thinkers in individual lectures.

Following the series, Hartman hosts a smaller-capacity, interactive discussion about these men, their works, and the connections among their philosophies on December 11. Note: This December 11 follow-up discussion is available by registering for the 4-session series option only.

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Contemplating Hobbes

“Solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” This is perhaps the most famous line that English political philosopher Hobbes ever penned—and yet these well-known, deeply pessimistic words merely touch the surface of his wide-ranging political thought. Hartman examines Hobbes’ masterwork, Leviathan, and takes a deep dive into his ideas and influence. Explore Hobbes’ account of the “state of nature” and the social contract and consider how his answers to questions regarding political sovereignty, political order, and human nature are the basis for concepts of politics and statecraft.

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