Leviathan’s naturalism.

As Ta-Nehisi’s read-along of Hobbes continues, he is struck by it:

I am amazed by the hardness–the relentless physicality–of Hobbes’ world… Imagination is not some airy thing. It is the impression of some motion against your organs (sense) decaying. And this can be expounded upon by referencing still other physical phenomena… I don’t know if I have that right, but my larger point is that Hobbes is not abstract. Reading Leviathan is like watching a mechanic take a part an engine, lay it on the ground and explain how every piece interacts with all the others.

He also rightly recognises how this sort of talk led at the time to accusations that Hobbes was a closet atheist.


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