Maria Lukac de Stier, lecture on LEVIATHAN: ACCURST LEGACY, HIDDEN INFLUENCE; 27.5.2008, Helsinki

Professor Maria Lukac de Stier (Pontificia Universidad Católica
Argentina - UCA) will lecture on




The purpose of the lecture is to show how Thomas Hobbes’s
masterpiece, Leviathan, was rejected between the most important
philosophers and thinkers during the second half of the XVII century.
It reviews his most important critics Sir Robert Filmer, George
Lawson, John Bramhall and Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon. The
political though of some possible disciples is also considered.
Finally, the lecture turns to the relationship between Hobbes and
Locke. In summary, I will argue that the overt hostility almost
universally expressed toward Hobbes in the second half of the
seventeenth century masks the real impact that he and his magnum opus
had on his readers, who were reluctant to acknowledge any positive
influence not because they were so opposed to all his views, but
rather, because they shared some of them, and feared the accusation
of being a “Hobbist”.


Time: May 27, 2008, from 14 to 16

Place: Department of Social and Moral Philosophy, Meeting room 244
(Siltavuorenpenger 20 A, 2nd floor).

For more information, please contact Dr Juhana Lemetti,
juhana.lemetti (at)