I haven't been bloging for a while. Hello again everyone.
During a conversation the other day, the Enlightenment philosopher Hobbes, of all people, came up. (yeah! I know!) And here's what I have been thinking about Hobbes.
Lots of people don't know that he started his political theory with a thorough investigation into what he thought a human being is, particularly our mind and its relationship to physical experience. In analyzing the thinking process, he concluded 1) that our thinking was always in search of the actions that will bring the greatest happiness, comfort, and security ("felicity"), 2) that when we are unable to disern through reason which course of action will bring the best result (when each seems to promise equal felicity), our minds will jump back and forth from one possible action to the other. This process he defined as "deliberation" and, 3) that"deliberation will [always?] continue until a thing is either done or found to be impossible". Whatever one thinks of his opinions of the human condition, this statement keeps coming back to me years after plowing through Leviathan.