Thomas Hobbes: Magnanimity, Felicity, and Justice

  title={Thomas Hobbes: Magnanimity, Felicity, and Justice},
  author={Andrew J. Corsa},
  journal={Hobbes Studies},
  • Andrew J. Corsa
  • Published 2013
  • Philosophy
  • Hobbes Studies
  • Thomas Hobbes’s concept of magnanimity, a descendant of Aristotle’s “greatness of soul,” plays a key role in Hobbes’s theory with respect to felicity and the virtue of justice. In his Critique du ‘De Mundo’, Hobbes implies that only genuinely magnanimous people can achieve the greatest felicity in their lives. A life of felicity is a life of pleasure, where the only pleasure that counts is the well grounded glory experienced by those who are magnanimous. Hobbes suggests that felicity involves… CONTINUE READING
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