Episode 2 Notes

Pol-Soc Podcast

Episode 2 – Thomas Hobbes

“Lazy Student”

A good way to learn from this podcast would be to download and complete the “Thomas Hobbes Listen Along Worksheet“. When you’ve completed the worksheet, test yourself by taking the following online, self-correcting quiz:

Hobbes Quiz

Why not challenge a friend to see whose responses are most accurate and quickest!

If you’re really struggling with the key terminology and not sure how to link Hobbes to your everyday life, why not try downloading our Thomas Hobbes Revision Notes.docx here to help you get your head around the big ideas.

“Engaged Student”

Consider watching the following “School of Life” Video on the work of Hobbes:


“Crash Course Philosophy” has a great explanation of the Social Contract that’s well worth your time!


“Ambitious Student”

From the Horse’s Mouth:

If you want to read a little of Hobbes’s Leviathan without getting to swamped, Professor Armstrong recommends looking at Part 2, Chapter 17 “Commonwealth”. The passage he suggests is only 3 pages in length and is lightly annotated. It can be found on pages 77-79 of this pdf file: http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/assets/pdfs/hobbes1651part2.pdf

“Thinking Ahead”

If you would like to see a really well explained list of differences between the ideas of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, have a look at the following webpage:



Episode 2 – Quote of the Day:

Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom (1994)

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”