Reply To: Hobbes's Leviathan


Dear eljarrodo,

I think that what Hobbes means here is simply to get your retaliation in first! The best way to overcome your fear of others is by a preemptive strike, either physical or by some other cunning method.

I’d be interested to hear what your highschoolers make of all this.

I’ve just completed the second part of the course and it’s on its way to Dr Woods. I expect he’ll make it available in the very near future. Here’s a list of topics (2 on Hobbes):

Best wishes,

Gerard Casey

List of Recordings

00 Introduction

The Huguenots
01 Huguenot Political Theory

Jean Bodin, Apostle of Sovereignty
02 Sovereignty and State
03 Freedom, Property and the Right to Resist

The Road Not Taken: Johannes Althusius
04 Consociation
05 City, Realm and Sovereignty

Hugo Grotius
06 War, Contract, and Law
07 Certainty, ius naturale, ius gentium, Sovereignty

Fear, Desire and Hope: Thomas Hobbes
08 Method, Man and Nature
09 Personation, the Sovereign and his powers

The English Revolution
10 The Levellers
11 The Diggers
12 Harrington and Filmer

John Locke
13 Man, Nature, Freedom, Property
14 Ownership of Self and Things
15 Cecile Fabre, Politics
16 Government and Consent

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
17 The Discourses
18 The Social Contract, Freedom

Politics Naturalised: David Hume
19 Human Nature, Convention of Justice and Property
20 Property, Justice, Government, Contract
21 Contract, Resistance

Edmund Burke
22 The Vindication of Natural Society
23 Society
24 Defender of Liberty?

Conservatism and Libertarianism
25 Change, Tradition, Society
26 Freedom, Authority and Tradition

John Stuart Mill
27 Liberty, Utilitarianism
28 One very simple principle?
29 Representative Government

Back to the Future: Karl Marx
30 Introduction
31 Alienation and Exploitation
32 Exploitation again
33 Class Struggle, State

The Anarchist Prophets
34 What is Anarchism?
35 William Godwin
36 Godwin on Property, Max Stirner

The Classical Anarchists
37 Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
38 Michael Bakunin
39 Peter Kropotkin—State and Society
40 Peter Kropotkin—All things for all; Anarcho-syndicalism

The Anglophone Anarchists
41 Josiah Warren
42 Lysander Spooner
43 Benjamin Tucker
44 Auberon Herbert

Twentieth Century Tribalism: Fascism, National Socialism and Bolshevism
45 Collectivism and Irrationality
46 Transcendence
47 The American Experience, Totalitarianism, Corporatism
48 Anti-Semitism, Fascism—Left or Right?

War and the State
49 War and Human Nature
50 Types of State, Costs of War
51 The American Experience
52 War and the Totalitarian State

The Twentieth Century
53 Ayn Rand
54 Friedrich Hayek
55 Robert Nozick
56 Murray Rothbard
57 John Rawls

58 Conclusion