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How well do you know Thomas Hobbes? [quiz]

This May, the OUP Philosophy team honors Thomas Hobbes (April 5, 1588 – December 4, 1679) as their Philosopher of the Month. Hobbes is remembered as the author of one of the greatest of books on political philosophy ever written, Leviathan, in which he argued with a precision reached by few other thinkers.

But how much do you know about this famous political philosopher? Test your knowledge of Hobbes with the quiz below.

Quiz image credit: portrait of Thomas Hobbes by John Michael Wright. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. 

Featured image credit: The Destruction of Leviathan by Gustave Doré. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. 

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  1. Alois Meier

    is this wise from Thomas Hobbes?
    Homo homini lupus.

  2. jackson grimes

    Thomas Hobbes
    “As long as any man holdeth his right of doing anything he liketh, so long are all men in a condtion of war. If other men will not lay down their right, as well as he, then there is no reason for anyone to divest himself of his (right to make war)… the doing of which expose himself as prey, rather than disposeth himself to peace.”

    Reading Hobbes’ “Leviathan” yesterday morn, then hearing more about North Korea on National Public Radio headline news last night, called to mind President Trump talking about sanctions before the United Nations a week ago Monday. He’s a great man, no doubt, probably the best President since Dwight “Ike: Eisenhower but, these sanctions won’t work any more than Chamberlain and Halifax’s table talks with Hitler were salus populi of our parents generation. The United Nations is not very effective as a peacekeeping force, never will be. All guys like Kim Jung Un is being smashed in the mouth with a hammer. Gospel law says: ” Whatsoever you should require others do unto you, that ye do unto them.” Douay Rheims version.

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