Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) was a English political philosopher, and the first thinker since Aristotle to attempt to develop a comprehensive theory of nature, including human behaviour.
In The Leviathan (1651) he advocates absolutist government as the only means of ensuring order and security; he saw this as deriving from the social contract (the idea that governmental authority derives from the ruler agreeing to provide order if those ruled over agree to be obedient). He was tutor to the exiled Prince Charles.
Why is Thomas Hobbes famous?
Thomas Hobbes is famous for his work on political philosophy.