Objective: Part 1 Chapter 1 & 2 | Part 1 Chapters 3 & 4 The student will take notes on the background of LEVIATHAN and Hobbes in terms of historical conditions. The student will define important terms and ideas of Hobbes that lay groundwork for the entire book.
1. The teacher lectures to introduce Hobbes, the Biblical reference to the leviathan, the time of Civil War in England when Hobbes was writing. There should be a lively discussion with emphasis on understanding literature within its historical context.
2. Discuss the idea of the leviathan as being a great creature with a head made up of its subjects. Refer to Hobbes' comparison of the leviathan or commonwealth as a human body. Point out and discuss the various layers of the book introduced in the first four chapters--the commonwealth, the Christian commonwealth, the idea of religion as subject to the sovereign, and the problem of human imagination.
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