Philosophical reading is a recent endeavor of mine, and perhaps the most fulfilling choice I've ever made as regards my love of literature.
Anyway, I am currently reading Hobbes's Leviathan. I'm struck by his notion that man is a machine, and life is but a motion of limbs.
From this he goes on to show that a commonwealth, a state, is but an artificial man; a larger, stronger machine; in short, the Leviathan.For there is no such thing as perpetual Tranquility of mind, while we live here; because Life it selfe is but Motion, and can never be without Desire, nor without Fear, no more than without Sense.
It's a finely composed theory, but I'm struggling with how he explains the myriad thoughts and emotions that occur psychologically, mentally in each of us. Sure, the first book of his opus, "Of Man," is packed with definitions, which are important to him in the manner of the Socratic method; but it is merely a rumination of how he defines imagination, dreams, temperament, etc.
What are your thoughts on Hobbes' theory of man as machine? The Leviathan?