Discussion Questions on Hobbes (I)

1. Why do you think that Hobbes begins with an account of the nature of human sensory capacities and the structure of their minds?

2. On pages 9-11 Hobbes offers analyses of a great many psychological states, dispositions, and attitudes. Does anything strike you as strange about his analyses? Which seem to you apt? Which is your favorite?

3. On pages 15 and 16, Hobbes writes, "So that in the first place, I put for a general inclination of all mankind a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death. And the cause of this is not always that a man hopes for a more inten­sive delight than he has already attained to, or that he cannot be content with a moderate power, but because he cannot assure the power and means to live well, which he hath present, without the acquisition of more." What does he mean? What is power? Is his claim plausible?