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Sat07Oct2017Abbey House, Malmesbury
Thomas Hobbes, Selfishness and the Limits to Cooperation
The First Annual Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury Symposium Abbey House, Malmesbury
Thomas Hobbes, England’s first and foremost political philosopher, erected the edi ce of his thought on the premise that in a state of nature human beings act selfishly largely because in a world of scarcity individuals live in a situation of constant competition with one another. In order to overcome their insecurity, people entered into a Social Contract. Rousseau also posited the idea that humans lived in a State of Nature and that they entered into a Social Contract. Our three speakers will examine these key concepts and the divergent interpretations of them within the framework of the theme of the symposium.
10.30 – 11.30 Dr. Finn Spicer Choosing to Cooperate in Hobbes’s World
11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 – 12.45 Dr. Naomi Goulder Hobbes and Self-interest
12.45 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 Dr. Seiriol Morgan Rousseau and Property as the Source of all Evil
15.00 – 15.15 Tea break
15.15 – 16.15 All three speakers Final panel discussion
Naomi Goulder, Head of Faculty and Senior lecturer in Philosophy at the New College of the Humanities, London.
Seiriol Morgan, Senior lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol Finn Spicer, Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol
Tickets for the day cost £18 or £15 for members or students (tea/co ee included) Available at hobbes.eventbrite.com
Organised by the Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury Society. For more information www.thomashobbesofmalmesbury.org