Starting with Hobbes

Starting with Hobbes

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By (author) George MacDonald Ross


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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Format: Hardback | 190 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 20mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 30 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847061605
  • ISBN 13: 9781847061607
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

Product description

Thomas Hobbes was one of the most important and influential philosophers of the seventeenth century. Covering all the key concepts of his work, Starting with Hobbes provides an accessible introduction to the ideas of this hugely significant thinker. Thematically structured, this book leads the reader through the full range of Hobbes's ideas and, uniquely, not just his political philosophy. In his day, he was internationally as famous for his theories about knowledge, language, the material nature of reality, mathematics, psychology, and religion, as he was for his politics; and these aspects of his work are fully covered. The book places Hobbes firmly in his historical context, with discussions of his relations to contemporary thinkers such as Galileo and Descartes and of his influence on later thinkers such as Spinoza and Leibniz. This is the ideal introduction for anyone coming to the work of one of the greatest of English philosophers for the first time.

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Author information

George MacDonald Ross is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Leeds, UK, and Director of the Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies at the Higher Education Academy. In 2006 he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for his contribution to the improvement of learning and teaching in higher education in the UK.

Review quote

Professor Macdonald Ross has performed a wonderful service for those of us who teach modern philosophy and the history of science by writing a comprehensive introduction to Hobbes' philosophical views on theory of knowledge, materialism, human nature, society and religion.--Sanford Lakoff

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Hobbes's Life and Works; 2. Theory of Knowledge; 3. Materialism; 4. The Human Being; 5. Society; 6. Religion; 7. Hobbes's Influence; Further Reading.