hobbes by john michael wright
|born||5 april 1588|westport
|died||4 december 1679 (aged 91)|
|alma mater||magdalen hall, oxford |
st john's college, cambridge
|political philosophy, history, ethics, geometry|
thomas hobbes (/; 5 april 1588 – 4 december 1679), in some older texts thomas hobbes of malmesbury, was an english philosopher, considered to be one of the founders of modern political philosophy. hobbes is best known for his 1651 book leviathan, which expounded an influential formulation of social contract theory. in addition to political philosophy, hobbes also contributed to a diverse array of other fields, including history, jurisprudence, geometry, the physics of gases, theology, ethics, and general philosophy.