This chapter examines Thomas Hobbes’ views on witchcraft. In the second chapter of his Leviathan he made an apparently fleeting reference to the subject of witchcraft. Another well-known Hobbesian dictum on witchcraft was recorded by Margaret Cavendish from Hobbes’ conservation with her husband, Duke William Cavendish. This chapter suggests that Hobbes’ opinion on witchcraft involved the tension between rational belief and empirical procedures. However, he maintained witchcraft as a crime, one of rebellion joined with malice.
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