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Om man är fri, är man då lycklig?: En studie av begreppen frihet och lycka i Thomas Hobbes politiska filosofi
Halmstad University, School of Humanities (HUM).
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

With a background in the 17th century’s English political events, but also the ideological scene of that time, the purpose of this essay is to analyze two concepts, freedom and happiness, in Thomas Hobbes’s political writings. Hobbes is well known for his political works, mostly for Leviathan, where his thoughts about government and religion are exposed. But what does he say about freedom? And what about happiness? The study shows that Hobbes’s political thought is quite original from this aspect too. Freedom and happiness are defined both from an individual and a political perspective. His philosophical system is based on materialism and mechanism, and so is his view on the concepts of freedom and happiness. In the study of the concept of freedom attention is paid to another concept associated in a way with freedom: free will. Both Hobbes’ view on free will and the connection between the two of them are highlighted. The aim is to find a connection between freedom and happiness in Hobbes political philosophy. It is found, but it changes according to the perspective one starts to look at it. The title is a question: You are free, so are you happy? Looking into Hobbes’s political writings an attempt to answer this question is made. One conclusion can be: one can be both free and happy as part of a society.

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2011. , 33 p.
Keyword [en]
Hobbes, deliberation, liberty, freedom, free will, felicity, happiness
National Category
History of Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-14466OAI: diva2:397461
Subject / course
History of Science and Ideas
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-03-01 Created: 2011-02-14 Last updated: 2011-08-16Bibliographically approved

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