Prof. Smith, Steven B., PLSC 114, Introduction to Political Philosophy, Fall 2006, YALE Open Courses: Yale University, Political Science (Accessed 03/10/2014), http://oyc.yale.edu/political-science/plsc-114/lecture-12 License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA This is an introduction to the political views of Thomas Hobbes, which are often deemed paradoxical. On the one hand, Hobbes is a stern defender of political absolutism. On the other hand, Hobbes insists on the fundamental equality of human beings. He maintains that the state is a contract between individuals, that the sovereign owes his authority to the will of those he governs and is obliged to protect the interests of the governed by assuring civil peace and security. These ideas have been interpreted by some as indicative of liberal opposition to absolutism.