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Aspects of Hobbes$
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Noel Malcolm

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199247141

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199247145.001.0001

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Hobbes and the Royal Society

Hobbes and the Royal Society

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(p.317) 10 Hobbes and the Royal Society
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Aspects of Hobbes
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Noel Malcolm (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199247145.003.0010

Offers an answer to the question: why was Hobbes never elected a Fellow of the Royal Society? It argues that although the Royal Society was in many ways more like a club than a modern academic institution, Hobbes's exclusion cannot be explained simply on personal grounds. The notoriety of his political and theological position was embarrassing to the scientists of the Royal Society because his mechanistic world-view was in fact similar to theirs: their underlying agreement with him, as much as their more visible disagreements with him, was the cause of their eagerness to dissociate themselves from him.

Keywords:   Joseph Glanvill, Hobbes, mechanistic world-view, Royal Society

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