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This section features articles from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. The SEP is probably the most comprehensive online philosophy resource. It features in-depth articles on a huge number of philosophical topics, however, it is aimed at an academic audience and may be too detailed and technical for beginners. The IEP is generally more beginner-friendly but is also considered to be less reliable. Wikipedia is also an option, but it is much less reliable than either of these.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
This section features short articles written by professional philosophers and aimed at a general audience. These articles are ideal for anyone looking for a shorter or more beginner-friendly introduction to Hobbes than the encyclopedia articles listed above.
The Times Literary Supplement
- Hobbes’s Leviathan, part 1: Strange selves
- Hobbes’s Leviathan, Part 2: Freedom and Desolation
- Hobbes’s Leviathan, Part 3: What is selfishness?
- Hobbes’s Leviathan, part 4: Selling total freedom
- Hobbes’s Leviathan, part 5: The end of individualism
- Hobbes’s Leviathan, part 6: responses to readers
- Hobbes’ Leviathan, part 7: His idea of war
This section features episodes from leading philosophy podcasts. These are also aimed at a general audience and are a good option for beginners who prefer audio content.
In Our Time
The Philosopher’s Zone
The Partially Examined Life
Short Videos (<30 mins)
This section features short videos aimed at beginners.
BBC Radio 4
Lectures/Longer Videos (>30 mins)
This section features longer videos and lectures.
- The Sovereign State: Hobbes’ Leviathan
- Hobbes and the Person of the State | Professor Quentin Skinner
- Lecture by Honorary Doctor Quentin Skinner: Thomas Hobbes: Picturing the State
- Thomas Hobbes and the State of Nature
- Modern Philosophy: Thomas Hobbes- Gregory Sadler (playlist)
See this collection of course syllabi on Hobbes.
See this list of the best books on Hobbes.
See this page for a selection of key quotes by Hobbes.
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