Hobbism

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hobbism The philosophical system of Thomas Hobbes , an English materialist (1588-1679); esp., his political theory that the most perfect form of civil government is an absolute monarchy with despotic control over everything relating to law, morals, and religion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Hobbism The doctrines of Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679), an English philosopher. He advocated absolute monarchy as the best form of government, and unreserved submission on the part of the subject to the will of the sovereign in all things, religious and moral as well as political. His philosophical views were sensualistic and materialistic. In logic Hobbes was an extreme nominalist. In psychology he is remembered as having revived the doctrine of the association of ideas.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hobbism hobā€²izm the doctrine of Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), that morality is an institution of society
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Usage

In literature:

Hobbism soon became an almost essential part of the character of the fine gentleman.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Charles himself was divided between superstition and Hobbism.
"History of the English People, Volume VI (of 8)" by John Richard Green
It is not, however, in this, which is only the old Cyrenaic or Epicurean answer, that the distinctive point of Hobbism lies.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 7" by Various
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