On Feb 17 we will start "Foundations of Modern Social Theory" with Hobbes.
For the next few weeks, we will explore lectures through the Open Yale Course: Foundatins of Modern Social Theory.
Our first two weeks will cover the life and theories of Thomas Hobbes.
An examination of Hobbes's lifetime reveals that the uncertainty of the British monarchy during his life [masked]) inspires Hobbes's social and political thought, especially regarding the role of the sovereign to provide for the security of his subjects. We consider the major elements of Hobbes's political and social thought including the state of nature, equality of men, the social contract, the strong sovereign, and legitimate rule. Hobbes's work privileges security of individuals through a strong sovereign but also asserts the right of subjects to transfer their allegiance to a new sovereign if the ruler does not provide for their security; this element of his work in particular and others made him a controversial thinker who was forced into exile for a time. His work has been rediscovered in recent years by economists and other social scientists who see him as the first rational choice theorist.
All are welcome to attend our weekly Sunday meetings at Oakridge Seniors Centre, which start at 10am. After about half an hour of coffee, tea, and socializing, we discuss topics of interest to our members.
For more details on how to find the centre: http://bchumanist.ca/index.php/component/content/article/10-events/26-oakridge-seniors-centre