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date: 23 October 2020

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This chapter rejects the common view that Hobbes saw reason as the slave of the passions. For Hobbes, the real conflict is not between reason and the passions but between our real good (self-preservation) and some apparent goods. Reason, operating before deliberation, can inform deliberation by showing us when apparent goods undermine our real good. Reason can thus alter the images and opinions which our passions choose between. For Hobbes, reason is not the slave of the passions but the counselor of the passions.

Keywords: Hobbes, the passions, reason, deliberations, real good

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