I run a dilettante philosophy group and am doing Mr. Hobbes for our next meeting. I'm hoping someone could suggest a chapter from one of his texts that provides a decent introduction to his thought, particularly his political thought (less concerned about his metaphysics and optics and alla that).
Thanks in advance.
I think it would be clear that a dog could be considered an artificial person since they may follow the orders of their owner. Since they cannot be responsible for their actions, their owner would.
However, can a dog also be considered a natural person because he can maintain his own personality, aka develops his own idea to jump on the couch? He was not informed to do so, and would be yelled at (depending on the owner) to get off the couch, so he (the dog) would be responsible for his own action. Doesn’t that mean he has the ability to develop his own original ideas like a natural person would?
Also, Hobbes mentions a contract, the contact to escape the state of nature therefore authors of a contract. How would a contract have to do with both?
What are the main differences, by comparison? Thanks.