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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
ˈHobbist n


(ˈhɒb ɪz əm)

the doctrines of Hobbes, esp. the doctrine of submission to a royal sovereign to avoid disorder resulting from conflicting individual interests.
[1675–85; Hobb (es) + -ism]
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.
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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).
His introductory chapter on "Thomas Traherne, Hobbism, and the Seventeenth-Century Sciences" provides an enlightening context for understanding Traherne's work and his place in the evolution of scientific thought, and lays a strong foundation for the textual interpretations that comprise subsequent chapters.