Ow does Hobbes believe that a science of politics is possible?

For each essay, you should include a separate title (see below) when starting the essay and a bibliography at the end

The task here is to explain how Hobbes believes a science of politics and society to be possible; that is, the focus is on how Hobbes believes we should study politics and society. You should make use of the text for references and quotes. The emphasis is on analysing and explaining Hobbesas argument rather than merely describing it.

When writing the short assessments, the emphasis is on analysis. It is important that you read the text very carefully, and that you express yourself precisely and succinctly. You must show that you can distil the essentials of an argument, think analytically and express yourself succinctly and precisely. The essays are short so that we can train and assess you in this. You are also strongly advised to consult secondary texts in order to help you with the analysis. You should reference and include a bibliography as usual.

Essential Reading

Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, Introduction and chapters 1, 3, 5-6, 9-11 and 13-15 (in Wootton).

Hobbes is difficult to read, but donat give up! If you want to start with an introduction to Hobbes, the following are recommended:

Hampsher-Monk, I., A History of Modern Political Thought (Oxford: Blackwell, 1992), chapter 1.
Tuck, R., Hobbes. A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), chapter 1. Also in Great Political Thinkers (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992).
Warburton, N. et al., Reading Political Philosophy. Machiavelli to Mill (London: Routledge, 2001), chapter 2.
Hobbes, Leviathan, Introduction and chapters 16-18, 20-21 and 26 (in Wootton). Pay special attention to chapters 17 and 18