- Publisher: WW Norton & Co
- Format: Paperback | 400 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 234mm x 13mm | 318g
- Publication date: 7 November 1996
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0393967980
- ISBN 13: 9780393967982
- Illustrations note: notes, bibliography, glossary
- Sales rank: 602,120
Explanatory annotations make Hobbes's sometimes archaic prose accessible to students. The text is based on the 1909 Oxford University Press edition, which in turn was based on one of the most fully corrected copies of the text that was widely available to readers in the seventeenth century. The editors have also noted variations between this text and other authoritative editions. Backgrounds includes writings on Hobbes's life; selections from his responses to criticism of the book; and criticism and reactions to the work by Sir Robert Filmer, James Harrington, Bishop Bramhall, Edward Hyde (the earl of Clarendon), Gottfried Wilheim Leibniz, Montesquieu, and Henry Sedgwick. Interpretations collects eight of the most important assessments of Hobbes and Leviathan written in the last forty years, including writings by Leo Strauss, Michael Oakeshott, Johann P. Sommerville, Richard Tuck, Jean Hampton, David Johnston, George Kateb, and Richard E. Flathman. Also included in this edition are a Selected Bibliography, Glossary of Terms, and Index of Authorities Cited in the work.
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Richard E. Flathman is George Armstrong Kelly Memorial Profesor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, where he has taught since 1976. His many books include Thomas Hobbes: Skepticism, Individuality and Chastened Politics; Willful Liberalism: Individuality and Volunteerism in Liberal Theory and Practice; and The Practice of Political Authority. David Johnston is Associate Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1986. He is the author of The Idea of a Liberal Theory: A Critique and Reconstruction and The Rhetoric of Leviathan: Thomas Hobbes and the Politics of Cultural Transformation.
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Its appeal to the twentieth century lies not just in its elevation of politics to a science, but in its overriding concern for peace. Its argument that the state of nature, in which life is 'nasty, brutish and short (and patriarchal), is important, but so too is its systematic analysis of power, and its convincing apologia for the then emergent market society in which we still live.