A portrait of Thomas Hobbes.
Philosophy

Thomas Hobbes: The First Truly Modern Philosopher

July 3, 2021

According to Hobbes, fear increases people’s motivation to do certain things, such as getting what they want. Fear can even make people kill someone to achieve their goals, even if that person means them no harm. […]

A man holding a “I VOTED TODAY” sticker.
Government

Understanding Voter Turn Out in the US Elections

July 2, 2021

The process of participating in elections is contagious. People will be willing to vote if they see their relatives and friends are also participating. Educated and wealthy people are also more likely to vote than others. […]

A statue showing a mask of an angry devil.
Philosophy

Jean Calvin and Evil and the Human Imagination

June 23, 2021

For Jean Calvin, the struggle with evil takes place in the human soul. By diminishing human power and strengthening Satan’s subtlety and wiles, Calvin wants humans to feel despair about their own power and appeal instead to God’s infinite power. […]

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