Libertines Real and Fictional in Rochester, Shadwell, Wycherley, and Boswell Page: 14
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endorsement of following one's instincts over the rules implemented by existing social
Summary of Leviathan and Hobbes's Terminology
Hobbes begins "Book I: Of Man" of Leviathan with definitions and discussions of the
following terms and phrases: sense, imagination, "consequence or train of imaginations," speech,
reason and science, "interiour Beginnings of Voluntary Motions, commonly called the Passions,
And the Speeches by which they are expressed," "the Ends or Resolutions of Discourse," the
"Vertues, commonly called Intellectuall and their contrary Defects," "the Severall Subjects of
Knowledge," "Power, Worth, Dignity, Honour, and Worthinesse," the difference of manners,
religion, "Naturall Condition of Mankind, as concerning their Felicity and Misery," "the first and
Second Naturall Lawes, and of Contract," "other Lawes of Nature," and he ends the book
discussing "Persons, Authors, and things Personated" (Hobbes Leviathan "Table of Contents").
As noted in the Introduction to Leviathan, Hobbes articulates his objective as
"describe[ing] the "Nature of this Artificall Man" or "that great Leviathan, Common-wealth, or
State" (1 and 2). He outlines the subjects he will discuss in the four books and reveals that he
will first consider "the Matter thereof, and the Artificer; both which is man," and second, he will
describe how and by what covenants are made, identify the "Rights and just Power or Authority
of a Sovereign and what it is that preserveth and dissolveth it" (2).
In Book II: "Of Common-wealth," Hobbes describes and elaborates on the components
of a Christian Commonwealth and how well the ideals of Christianity match with those of the
commonwealth Hobbes presents in Book III: "Of a Christian Common-wealth," and in Book IV:
"Kingdome of Darkness," he repudiates religions he believes to be false and devotes the second
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