Ideas from 'The Elements of Law' by Thomas Hobbes [1640], by Theme Structure

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12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 4. Sense Data / a. Sense-data theory
The qualities of the world are mere appearances; reality is the motions which cause them
12. Knowledge Sources / D. Empiricism / 1. Empiricism
Evidence is conception, which is imagination, which proceeds from the senses
Experience can't prove universal truths
20. Action / B. Motives for Action / 1. Acting on Desires
It is an error that reason should control the passions, which give right guidance on their own
22. Metaethics / A. Ethical Ends / 2. Goodness / a. Goodness
Hobbes shifted from talk of 'the good' to talk of 'rights'
Good and evil are what please us; goodness and badness the powers causing them
22. Metaethics / B. Basis of Ethics / 3. Morality as Convention
Self-preservation is basic, and people judge differently about that, implying ethical relativism
28. God / A. Divine Nature / 7. God Reflecting Humanity
The attributes of God just show our inability to conceive his nature