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Hobbes, Thomas Syllabification: Hobbes, Thomas

Definition of Hobbes, Thomas in English:

(1588–1679), English philosopher. He believed that human action was motivated entirely by selfish concerns, notably fear of death. He is best known for his treatise Leviathan, or the Matter, Form, and Power of a Commonwealth, Ecclesiastical and Civil (1651).


Pronunciation: /ˈhäbzēən/
Example sentences
  • Instead of instinctive solidarity, mutality and compassion, they were witnesses to a descent into a Hobbesian state of nature.
  • As this suggests, Hobbesian promises are strangely fragile.
  • Because there is no natural brake on the tendency of self-interest to degenerate into an obsessive narcissism, both doctrines, if followed to their logical extremes, would lead humanity into a Hobbesian war of all against all.
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