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Thomas Hobbes

1588 - 1679

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Thomas Hobbes ( HOBZ; sometimes known as Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury; 5 April 1588 – 4 December 1679) was an English philosopher, considered to be one of the founders of modern political philosophy. Hobbes is best known for his 1651 book Leviathan, in which he expounds an influential formulation of social contract theory. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Hobbes has received more than 4,240,789 page views. His biography is available in 100 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 97 in 2019). Thomas Hobbes is the 20th most popular philosopher (up from 22nd in 2019), the 15th most popular biography from United Kingdom and the 3rd most popular British Philosopher.

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Among PHILOSOPHERS

Among philosophers, Thomas Hobbes ranks 20 out of 1,089. Before him are Francis Bacon, Pythagoras, Thomas Aquinas, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Montesquieu, and Arthur Schopenhauer. After him are Epicurus, Heraclitus, Baruch Spinoza, Erasmus, Thales of Miletus, and Seneca the Younger.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1588, Thomas Hobbes ranks 1After him are Marin Mersenne, Constance of Austria, Henri, Prince of Condé, Marina Mniszech, Catherine de Vivonne, marquise de Rambouillet, Hendrick ter Brugghen, Robert Filmer, Adolf Frederick I, Duke of Mecklenburg, Johann Heinrich Alsted, Isaac Beeckman, and Pierre Séguier. Among people deceased in 1679, Thomas Hobbes ranks 1After him are Jan Steen, Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Ferdinand Maria, Elector of Bavaria, John of Austria the Younger, Joost van den Vondel, John Maurice, Prince of Nassau-Siegen, Willem van Aelst, Anne Geneviève de Bourbon, Margherita de' Medici, Francesco Barberini, and Jean François Paul de Gondi.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Hobbes ranks 15 out of 6,924. Before him are Francis Bacon (1561), Winston Churchill (1874), James Watt (1736), Stephen Hawking (1942), Ragnar Lodbrok (850), and Queen Victoria (1819). After him are Michael Faraday (1791), Henry VIII of England (1491), Richard III of England (1452), Agatha Christie (1890), Charles Dickens (1812), and Mary, Queen of Scots (1542).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Thomas Hobbes ranks 3Before him are John Locke (1632) and Francis Bacon (1561). After him are David Hume (1711), Thomas More (1478), Herbert Spencer (1820), William of Ockham (1285), Jeremy Bentham (1748), Roger Bacon (1220), John Wycliffe (1324), Duns Scotus (1265), and Joseph Priestley (1733).