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Some authors have even compared Hobbes's state of nature to the prisoner's dilemma of modern game theorists (Zagorin 1990: 327). Because of the discord, Hobbes's method will probably attract more attention in the future, a welcomed consequence of disagreement. In the following discussion, I present the strands of Hobbes's method that seem to be undisputed: his corpuscular theory, the focus on deduction and demonstrability, and his lack of enthusiasm for experimentation. Hobbes was Bacon's friend and, sporadically between 1622 and 1626, his amanuensis, assisting Bacon in the translation of his essays into Latin.
Second, the italicized statement may well have induced the Scottish moral philosophers to believe that by "the rest of the phenomena," Newton meant social phenomena even though he was concentrating solely on the physical world. Marie Boas and Rupert Hall explain that by "the rest of the phenomena" Newton means "all of physics apart from the celestial motions and those of the tides, whose theory he had in fact succeeded in deducing from 'mechanical principles'—the principles of the mechanical philosophy—by mathematical reasoning" (1959: 170).
He stresses that the method of demonstration is synthetical; synthesis is of primary importance to science while analysis plays a secondary role (81). 43 I return to the significance of these concepts below. Demonstrability according to Hobbes is tied to the idea of man-made creation. "Geometry therefore is demonstrable, for the lines and figures from which we reason are drawn and described by ourselves; and civil philosophy is demonstrable, because we make the commonwealth ourselves" (Works, 7: 184).