Calvin and Hobbes were created from the political philosophers Thomas Hobbes and John Calvin

Calvin and Hobbes is a daily comic strip by American cartoonist Bill Watterson that was syndicated from November 18, 1985 to December 31, 1995. It follows the humorous antics of Calvin, a precocious, mischievous, and adventurous six-year-old boy, and Hobbes, his sardonic stuffed tiger. The pair is named after John Calvin, a 16th-century French Reformationtheologian, and Thomas Hobbes, a 17th-century English political philosopher.[2][3] At the height of its popularity, Calvin and Hobbes was featured in over 2,400 newspapers worldwide. As of January 2010,[dated info]reruns of the strip still appear in more than 50 countries. Nearly 45 million copies of the 18 Calvin and Hobbes books have been sold.[1][dated info]

Calvin and Hobbes is set in the contemporary United States in an unspecified suburban area. The strip depicts Calvin’s flights of fancy and his friendship with Hobbes. It also examines Calvin’s relationships with family and classmates. Hobbes’ dual nature is a defining motif for the strip: to Calvin, Hobbes is a live anthropomorphic tiger; all the other characters see him as an inanimate stuffed toy. Though the series does not mention specific political figures or current events, it does explore broad issues like environmentalism, public education, philosophical quandaries, and the flaws of opinion polls.[4]


How are Hobbes the tiger and Thomas Hobbes related?

The tiger’s thoughts are based off those of Thomas Hobbes just like Calivin’s are based off of John Calvin. And they are hilarious.

How did John Locke influence Thomas Hobbes?

Thomas Hobbes’ theories on “The Social Contract” came before Locke’s. Hobbes influenced him, that is why many experts or historians claim that Locke’s ideas were “superior” and overall, more directly influential to virtually every democratic revolution following them. In reports, it is never sequenced as “Hobbes, in contrast to Locke…,” it is always comparing Locke’s ideas to Hobbes’.

Thomas Hobbs view about government was to impose order and demand obedience. He believed without government there would be war. believed that people were naturally selfish and wicked. His quote was, ” Without governments there would be war… of every man against every man.”  I was doing research for my class and wanted to actually do a paper on Calvin and Hobbes in stead of John Calvin and Thomas Hobbes but alas no choice so I thought I would share this interesting fact. I love Calvin and Hobbes cartoon but never put tow and two together.

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