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p. 492. Hobbes's worklocked

  • Richard Tuck

Abstract

Hobbes began his philosophical enquiries from interest in the philosophical problems raised by modern natural science, and the idea of replacing late Renaissance scepticism with a philosophy accommodating the ideas of the likes of Galileo. ‘Hobbes's work’ focuses closely on arguments Hobbes advanced in his philosophical works, considering them as contributions to contemporary debates on science, ethics, politics, and religion. Hobbes's particular post-sceptical theory concluded that one must obediently follow the laws and customs of one's country. Hobbes argued that in fact one should internalize the laws and customs, truly believe in them, and accept them as intellectually authoritative. What are the problems with this theory?

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