Why is the life of man "nasty, brutish, and short"?

A look at the life and philosophy of Thomas Hobbes

Why is the life of man "nasty, brutish, and short"?

The frontispiece of "Leviathan" by Abraham Bosse, 1651

Remembered as one of Britain's greatest political thinkers and theorists Thomas Hobbes is still remembered today for his treatise, Leviathan, which explores the idea of a social contract and argues that life without state structures and controls is "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short".

Professor Patrick Geoghegan talks with a panel of experts about the life of Thomas Hobbes, what fuelled his political thought, and what impact his writings have had on the world.