Thomas Hobbes’ Big Mistake – A Short Critique on Leviathan

Thomas Hobbes is arguably most famous for his normative theoretical justification of the state. This theory can be found in one of the most influential works of English philosophy throughout history, Leviathan. Hobbes believed that we had a rational obligation to submit to the authority of the Government and for a comprehensive understanding of this argument, I suggest reading this fantastic article in the Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy here. My short response, written under the assumption that the reader is familiar with the work of Hobbes, attempts to undermine some of the fundamental reasoning Hobbes uses. I’d love to hear what you […]

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Seneca’s ‘On The Shortness Of Life’ In A 21st Century Context

Seneca the Younger (5 BC – 65 AD) was a Stoic philosopher and advisor to the emperor Nero. His fascinating life came to a rather abrupt halt when he was told to commit suicide following accusations of his involvement in a famous plot to kill Nero, although it is commonly accepted that Seneca was probably innocent. His book ‘On The Shortness Of Life’, rather poetically, concerns the way in which humans might make proper use of the ample time nature provides us with to live a fulfilled life. We never quite know when everything will come to an end. If you […]

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The Prince by Machiavelli – Review: Why It Is Still So Relevant Today

Written to win favour with the Governor of Florence, Lorenzo de Medici, Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’ was conceived in a desperate attempt to return himself to politics. His intention was to produce a practical guide on how to attain and retain political power. In this article the question I’m interested in is whether Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’ is still relevant today. Now hailed as one of the seminal works of the time, it is easy to read the first chapters and wonder what all the fuss is about – I know that’s how I felt. While the first half of the book […]

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