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Written in 1651 during the chaos of the English Civil War. Hobbes formulates the case for a powerful sovereign - or 'Leviathan' - to enforce peace and the law. The work was publicly burnt for sedition and blasphemy when it was first published. Hobbes' view that man's essential nature is competitive and selfish is as challenging today as it was when originally published, the work remains relevant to the modern world and stands as one of the most fascinating works of modern philosophy.
Held mostly in male quarters, Symposia were an integral part of Classical Greek society. Usually reclining in couches and partaking of food, wine and entertainment, men could amongst other things, discuss, debate and celebrate in a symposium. Plato's Symposium was a forum for discourse between Socrates and his friends on varied subjects: love, truth, leadership ... A cornerstone for Western Philosophy.
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