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.
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.'