Hobbes And RationalityPaper Rating: Word Count: 744 Approx Pages: 3
One of the earliest thinkers of systematic political thought is Thomas Hobbes, who dealt with the human being as a whole and tried to create one of the first rational accounts of human being. Many authors writing on Hobbes evaluated his conceptualization of human being as a materialistic or mechanistic attempt. However, I think that Hobbes' whole importance in terms of political theory lays in his mathematical (rather than mechanistic) understanding of human being, which sometimes clearly contradicts, with the mechanistic attempts to grasp human motion. In fact he starts from the tiny elements of human thought and tries to reach the most complex actions of human begins, that of ethics. However unlike the previous Aristotelian inner logic, which creates a consistent understanding for each action and object and enables observers to reach the result immediately and definitely, Hobbes proposed a more plain set of premises, which allow us to conceptualize the different paths of human motion and complexity. For instance, where as the Aristotelian system explains the images of object created in human mind, as the result of sent signs from the object, which caught by the eyes, Hobbes puts the senses in the objective realm but men's ability to observe in a subjective one, which gives the possibility of explaining the difference in the created images without falling in to inconsistency as it was the case in Aristotle. I.e. although the accidents of the object is same their imaginations in human mind is various depending on humans physical capacities and process of mental discourse.
His system is heavily influenced by the mathematical and geometrical improvements of his time. Basically he moves from the basic principle of object and their representations in human senses and he conceptualizes the thought of men in a mathematical systematic. For instance, men observe the accidents of objects trough senses and create abstractions fr