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Thomas Hobbes Symposium 2019

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The 3rd Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury Symposium

The Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Saturday 1st June 2019

10.00 am – 4:30pm


10.00 Introduction to the day’s events

10.15 Professor Quentin Skinner - University of London

Machiavelli and Hobbes: a sequence of contrasts

11.15 Coffee

11.45 Dr. Raffaella Santi - University of Urbino, Italy

The Influence of Botero on Hobbes

12.45 Lunch

2.15 Dr. Luc Foisneau - Director of Research, CNRS, Paris

Cesare Beccaria: The Ghost of Hobbes in the Italian Enlightenment

3.15 Tea

3.30 Round up of the day and informal talks with the speakers

4.30 End of Symposium

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9:00 AM09:00

Thomas Hobbes Symposium 2018

Our annual Thomas Hobbes day this year was held on Saturday 9th June 2018 in The Old Bell Hotel, when the theme was ‘Hobbes and Sovereignty’.  We would like to thank our speakers for a wonderfully entertaining an informative day.

  • Sir Noel Malcolm, Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford.

    Hobbes and the Thirty Years’ War

  • Dr. Signy Gutnick-Allen, Fellow in Political Theory, London School of Economics.

    Hobbes on Sovereignty and the Risks of International Law

  • Professor Tom Sorell, Professor of Politics and Philosophy, University of Warwick.

    The Strains of Sovereignty

  • Jonathan Rée, Freelance Historian and Philosopher.

    Beating Back Ghosts

For an overview of the day, please read

Summary of the Thomas Hobbes Symposium 9 June 2018

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7:00 PM19:00

Thomas Hobbes' Anniversary Supper

The Thomas Hobbes’ supper commemorating the 338th anniversary of the philosopher’s death took place at The Old Bell Hotel on Friday 24th November 2017.The 17th century seasonal recipes used by the new French chef in preparing the menu were greatly appreciated by the diners. The Guest speaker this year was Tony McAleavy, the Chairman of the Malmesbury History Society, who used archival sources to present in an amusing way the town’s riotous life around 1600 when the young Thomas Hobbes was growing up. The Chairman of THoMS said that the Society was laying the foundations for a time when Malmesbury (upon Avon) would be synonymous with the name of Thomas Hobbes, England’s most famous political philosopher, just as the not too distant town, Stratford (upon Avon) is synonymous with the name of William Shakespeare, his contemporary and England’s most renowned playwright.

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10:30 AM10:30

Thomas Hobbes' Symposium 2017

A note from the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

'The Thomas Hobbes Symposium took place this weekend in Thomas Hobbes's home town of Malmesbury. The actual venue, the Library of Abbey House Gardens, could not have been more appropriate. The subject, speakers and location attracted a capacity audience. The speakers included local philosopher Dr Finn Spicer, speaking on “Choosing to cooperate in Hobbes' world”, Dr Naomi Goulder of the New College of the Humanities, London on “Hobbes and self-interest”, and Dr Seiriol Morgan of the University of Bristol on “Rousseau and property as the source of all evil”. The lectures were followed by a lively, thought-provoking Q&A panel discussion.'

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