Leviathan Characters

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The subject or the person

The person is the most important actor in Hobbes' Leviathan. He devotes the entire first part to the different attributes of people. In it he describes sense, imagination, train of thought, and speech. Hobbes uses these human elements to describe reason and science, and emotional movement. He also discusses the inner workings of mental discourse and how people think things through, stating that an initial thought can be sparked by anything and all subsequent thoughts stem from the original. Depending on whether a person wants to solve a problem or discover every possible outcome of an action, he or she takes different mental routes to search for whatever he or she is looking for. A person is naturally adept at finding answers and this ambition can lead to competition, a healthy yet dangerous human attribute. When humans compete too much, each one runs...

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