Short biography on Thomas Hobbes, focusing on his seminal work, Leviathan. Here, Hobbes argues that the selfish, often violent nature of people necessitates the creation of a strong central authority. Under an unspoken agreement, people agree to give up certain rights in exchange for order and protection.
Included are a series of questions based on the biography.
This biography, combined with others on Niccolo Machiavelli, John Locke, and Charles de Montesquieu, is an excellent resource for comparing different theories of government.
You might also consider a bundled unit I have uploaded. This unit includes a PowerPoint and graphic organizer, biographies on the philosophers discussed (with the exception of Jean-Jacques Rousseau), and two types of assessments. Simply visit my store and search for "Mini Unit: Theories of Government."
Biography: Thomas Hobbes by Brian Hook is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.