From Hobbes (a surname) + -ian; referring to the 17th century English author Thomas Hobbes, whose best-known work, Leviathan, describes the state of nature in terms of unrestrained, selfish, and uncivilized competition.
- (philosophy) Of, relating to, or influenced by Thomas Hobbes or his philosophical theories.
- (figuratively) Involving unrestrained, selfish, and uncivilized competition.
- a cutthroat, Hobbesian environment
- 1995, Fred Pfeil, White Guys: Studies in Postmodern Domination and Difference, →ISBN, page 150:
- In Hammett's writings, the social is constructed as a vast Hobbesian landscape of grim functionaries and desperate scrabblers […]
- 2017 February 22, Mike Isaac, “Inside Uber’s Aggressive, Unrestrained Workplace Culture”, in New York Times:
- Yet the focus on pushing for the best result has also fueled what current and former Uber employees describe as a Hobbesian environment at the company, in which workers are sometimes pitted against one another and where a blind eye is turned to infractions from top performers.
Hobbesian (plural Hobbesians)