Hobbes and Historiography: Why the Future, He Says, Does Not Exist

In G. A. J. Rogers & Tom Sorell (eds.), Hobbes and History. Routledge. pp. 44--72 (2000)
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Hobbes's interest in the power of the Image was programmatic, as suggested by his shifts from optics, to sensationalist psychology, to the strategic use of classical history, exemplified by Thucydides and Homer. It put a great resource at the disposal of the state-propaganda machine, with application to the question of state-management and crowd control.
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