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This volume explores, from a variety of perspectives, the political theory of the man who is arguably the greatest English political thinker. It is the first substantial collection of new, critical essays on Thomas Hobbes by leading scholars in over a decade.

Hobbes’s writings stirred debate in his own lifetime, for two centuries thereafter, and continue to do so in ours. They emerged in a period of intense political turmoil—a time of civil war and regicide, of puritanical rule and royal restoration. “They were motivated,” Dietz argues, “by concrete political problems and a practical concern, namely, to secure political order, absolute sovereignty, and civil peace.” The contributors emphasize and answer a series of expressly political questions that, to date, have not been fully addressed in the Hobbes literature. They contend that Hobbes’s writings are not mere static artifacts of a particular historical milieu, but rather rich sources of a variety of interpretations and criticisms that spur discussion and debate in their turn.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Kansas Open Books Preface
  2. pp. ix-xviii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. Mary G. Dietz
  3. pp. 1-8
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  1. 2. Hobbes and the Culture of Despotism
  2. Sheldon S. Wolin
  3. pp. 9-36
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  1. 3. Plato, Hobbes, and the Science of Practical Reasoning
  2. David Johnston
  3. pp. 37-54
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  1. 4. Intending (Political) Obligation: Hobbes and the Voluntary Basis of Society
  2. Gordon J. Schochet
  3. pp. 55-73
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  1. 5. Hobbes's Political Sensibility: The Menace of Political Ambition
  2. Deborah Baumgold
  3. pp. 74-90
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  1. 6. Hobbes's Subject as Citizen
  2. Mary G. Dietz
  3. pp. 91-119
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  1. 7. Political Psychology in Hobbes's Behemoth
  2. Stephen Holmes
  3. pp. 120-152
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  1. 8. Hobbes and Locke on Toleration
  2. Richard Tuck
  3. pp. 153-171
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  1. 9. Atomes of Scripture: Hobbes and the Politics of Biblical Interpretation
  2. James Farr
  3. pp. 172-196
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  1. The Contributors
  2. pp. 197-198
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  1. Index
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780700630844
Related ISBN
9780700605194
MARC Record
OCLC
1227264826
Pages
222
Launched on MUSE
2020-12-22
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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