Leviathan Essay Questions

  1. 1

    Describe the state of nature in Leviathan, and how it leads to the establishment of a commonwealth.

  2. 2

    Although Hobbes specifically argued against democracy as a form of government, his theory has had a lasting impact on our contemporary understanding of democracy. Describe some of the implications of his work on democracy.

  3. 3

    Explain how the concept of motion factors into Hobbes' arguments concerning man and commonwealth. If his thesis about motion is wrong, does his whole argument collapse?

  4. 4

    In what ways is Hobbes' argument against the philosophy of Aristotle? Why does Hobbes believe Aristotle's philosophy is dangerous to a commonwealth?

  5. 5

    Explain Hobbes' ideas on the Kingdom of God. Is he concerned solely with proper Biblical interpretation, or does the Kingdom of God play a role within his larger argument?

  6. 6

    What is the Kingdom of Darkness? What are the ways it is perpetuated, and how does one avoid it?

  7. 7

    In what ways does fear play a role in Hobbes' argument?

  8. 8

    Why does Hobbes begin his study of the commonwealth with an analysis of man?