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Hobbes, Thomas

Born: 1588 AD
Died: 1679 AD

1588 – Thomas Hobbes, born on the 5th of April in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, S England, UK. He was an English philosopher.

1603 – He studied at Oxford, and began a long tutorial association with the Cavendish family, through which he travelled widely and became acquainted with such leading intellectuals of the day as Bacon, Ben Jonson, Galileo, Descartes, and Gassendi.

1640 – 1642 – He wrote several works on government, including Elements of Law and De cive.

1646 – He became mathematical tutor to the Prince of Wales at the exiled English court in Paris.

1651 – He wrote his masterpiece, Leviathan, presenting his mature thoughts on metaphysics, psychology, and political philosophy.

1652 – He returned to England, submitted to Cromwell, and settled in London.

1672 – 1676 – His last works, written in his 80s, were an autobiography in Latin verse and verse translations of the Iliad and Odyssey.

1679 – In October, he suffered a bladder disorder, which was followed by a paralytic stroke from which he died in his ninety-first year. He was buried in the churchyard of Ault Hucknall in Derbyshire, England.