Closereads: Reason in Hobbes’ “Leviathan” (Part One)

Sign up for Closereads at patreon.com/closereadsphilosophy to get parts 2 and 3 of this reading, as well as our previous and future installments of this new podcast. We've covered a lot of rationalists (I'm including the Romantics in this, strangely enough) and wanted to turn back to one of the original Enlightenment empiricists, Thomas Hobbes. His Leviathan (1651) is best  Continue Reading …

Science, Technology and Society VIII: Leviathan and the Air Pump

This post in the eighth in a series on Science, Technology, and Society. The previous post in the series is here, and the next post is here. All posts in the series have previously appeared on the Partially Examined Life group page on Facebook. In their 1985 collaboration, Leviathan and the Air Pump, Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer argued that the contest between Robert  Continue Reading …

Episode 37: Locke on Political Power (Citizens Only)

Discussing John Locke's Second Treatise on Government (1690). What makes political power legitimate? Like Hobbes, Locke thinks that things are less than ideal without a society to keep people from killing us, so we implicitly sign a social contract giving power to the state. But for Locke, nature's not as bad, so the state is given less power. But how much less? And what  Continue Reading …

PREVIEW-Episode 37: Locke on Political Power

This is a 30-minute preview of a 1 hr, 34-minute episode.Buy Now Purchase this episode for $2.99. Or become a PEL Citizen for $5 a month, and get access to this and all other paywalled episodes, including 68 back catalogue episodes; exclusive Part 2's for episodes published after September, 2020; and our after-show Nightcap, where the guys respond to listener email and chat  Continue Reading …