Review Questions For Hobbes Set 1
  1. Recount the analogy Hobbes gives in the introduction to the Leviathan. It is significant that Hobbes gives this analogy using mechanistic imagery. Explain the significance of both the analogy and the imagery used here.
  2. How does Hobbes categorize thoughts in Chapter 1? What is the “original” of all of them? Why do you think that he begins a work which ostensibly political in emphasis by taking about matters such as those covered in Chapter 1?
  3. Summarize Hobbes' account of perception. How, in Chapter 2, does Hobbes define imagination? How does he define experience? Do you find anything striking about these descriptions of imagination and experience? if so, explain why.
  4. Having given an account of thought in Chapter 3, Hobbes goes on to give an account of how thought and language are related in Chapter 4.
  5. Give Hobbes’s definition of understanding. How is it different from the conception of reason he gives at the beginning of Chapter 5?
  6. What is Hobbes’s definition of science? Compare it with the picture of natural philosophy that arises from Bacon’s Aphorisms.
  7. Briefly summarize Hobbes’s account of desire and aversion. How does this account tie in to his remarks on the word ‘good’?
  8. What is the will, and what is a voluntary act on Hobbes’s view? Take note of this last definition especially— it is extremely important.
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