Episode 2 Notes

Pol-Soc Podcast

Episode 2

“Lazy Student”

Before (and again after) listening to the podcast, take the following quiz:

Hobbes Quiz

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


“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.”