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A political theory promulgated by Thomas Hobbes, advocating absolute monarchy as the means of guaranteeing a stable civil society.
Hobb′ist adj. & n.
(Philosophy) the mechanistic political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, which stresses the necessity for a powerful sovereign to control human beings
Hob•bism (ˈhɒb ɪz əm)
the doctrines of Hobbes, esp. the doctrine of submission to a royal sovereign to avoid disorder resulting from conflicting individual interests.
Hob′bist, n., adj.
the philosophical beliefs of Thomas Hobbes, who maintained that an individual has the right to self-preservation and the pursuit of happiness. — Hobbist, n. — Hobbesian, adj.See also: Philosophy
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This misunderstanding was most clearly formed in the public mind by the scandals and controversy that centered on the Scarsgill affair, which involved a Cambridge Hobbist who was forced to publically recant his Hobbism
, calling the philosophy "the Accursed Atheism of this age.
Martinich points out how divergent such assumptions are from reality: "Because Hobbes's actual views are so different from the views attributed to him, we need to distinguish between Hobbes's actual views and Hobbism
, the distorted set of doctrines that were attributed to him from at least the Restoration onwards" (43).
Views about inherent social competition and/or humans as subject to some "war of nature" should be called, more appropriately, Hobbism