Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy

Volume 11, Issue 1, Fall 2006

Michael Bray
Pages 173-200

The Hedges that Are Set
Hobbes and the Future of Politics

This essay traces out, in the works of Thomas Hobbes, the theoretical development of what I argue is the essential temporal element of modern thought: anxiety regarding the future. What finds systematic expression in Hobbes’s psychology and politics is the dilemma that modern thinking inherits: the project of social rationalization perpetuates an image of an indeterminate future, to which the only possible response is rational submission to a project of administration over men akin to that which science practices on nature.