Perspectives on Thomas Hobbes /

Other Authors: Rogers, G. A. J. 1938-, Ryan, Alan.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Oxford : New York : Clarendon Press ; 1988.
Series: Mind Association occasional series
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A collection of first-published papers, that present a broad, if somewhat diffuse, range of views of Hobbes's life and philosophy. The contributors exhibit a commendable reliance on scholarship and intellectual biography, as opposed to an exclusive focus on Hobbes's philosophy, abstracted from its motives and milieu. The book provides an impressive, and representative, sample of the rich range of topics being canvassed and the approaches being used in Hobbes scholarship: Hobbes's debts to Descartes (R. Tuck); Hobbes and the Royal Society (N. Malcolm); "the science of politics," and how this idea does--and does not--structure Hobbes's philosophical method (T. Sorrell); Hobbesian obligation, the social contract, and the Hobbesian conception of justice (A. Ryan, D. Gauthier, D. Raphael); the evolution of Hobbes's conception of the state of nature (F. Tricaud); Hobbes as theist (A. Pacchi); and the "hidden" influence of Hobbes on Locke and Henry More (G. Rogers). Recommended for strong undergraduate and all graduate collections. -C. T. Powell, Guilford College

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