Instructional Video

An Introduction to Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan

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No discussion about the importance of government influence in society is complete without Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes. As explained in a short analysis video, his 17th century work details the restrictions of individual freedom, and how the absence of a governing figure could lead to a state of war.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Connect between a government class and a philosophy lesson
  • Encourage learners to write a narrative story about the absence of one leviathan in their lives, such as their parents, traffic lights, teachers, or school administrators
Classroom Considerations
  • Click out of the ad that brings you to the publisher's website, or use it to find the full analysis of the video
  • Comment section is open to the public, and offers differing opinions
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Explains Hobbes's argument clearly and illustratively 
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