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Authority on Hobbes to discuss world order, Nov. 16

Noel Malcolm, the world's foremost authority on philosopher Thomas Hobbes, will deliver the inaugural Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Distinguished Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in 1 Robertson Hall.

Malcolm, a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford University, will speak on "Hobbes and the Contemporary World Order."

In addition to being a historian of political thought, Malcolm also has produced major histories of Bosnia and of Kosovo, which illustrated that the common interpretation that the 1990s conflicts were due to a resurgence of "ancient hatreds" was fundamentally untrue.

In his lecture, Malcolm will show that the common view that Hobbes was against international cooperation is fundamentally misleading, and demonstrate how this conclusion emanated from Hobbes' famously low view of human nature.

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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