The Cambridge Companion to Hobbes's Leviathan

The Cambridge Companion to Hobbes's Leviathan

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This Companion makes a new departure in Hobbes scholarship, addressing a philosopher whose impact was as great on Continental European theories of state and legal systems as it was at home. This volume is a systematic attempt to incorporate work from both the Anglophone and Continental traditions, bringing together newly commissioned work by scholars from ten different countries in a topic-by-topic sequence of essays that follows the structure of Leviathan, re-examining the relationship among Hobbes's physics, metaphysics, politics, psychology, and religion. Collectively they showcase important revisionist scholarship that re-examines both the context for Leviathan and its reception, demonstrating the degree to which Hobbes was indebted to the long tradition of European humanist thought. This Cambridge Companion shows that Hobbes's legacy was never lost and that he belongs to a tradition of reflection on political theory and governance that is still alive, both in Europe and in the diaspora.
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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139797697
  • 9781139797696

Table of contents

Introduction Patricia Springborg; 1. Of Man; 1.1 Hobbes's visual strategy Horst Bredekamp; 1.2 The beast of myth: Medusa, Dionysus and the riddle of Hobbes's sovereign monster John Tralau; 1.3 Sense and nonsense about sense: Hobbes and the Aristotelians on sense perception and imagination Cees Leijenhorst; 1.4 Hobbes on the natural condition of mankind Kinch Hoekstra; 1.5 Hobbes's moral philosophy Tom Sorrell; 2. Of Commonwealth; 2.1. Hobbes on persons, authors, and representatives Quentin Skinner; 2.2 Hobbes on glory and civil strife Gabriella Slomp; 2.3 Hobbes and the philosophical origins of liberalism Lucien Jaume; 2.4 The basis for the right to punish in Hobbes's Leviathan Dieter Huning; 3. Of a Christian Commonwealth; 3.1 Hobbes's covenant theology and its political implications Franck Lessay; 3.2 Omnipotence, necessity, and sovereignty: Hobbes and the absolute powers of God and king Luc Foisneau; 3.3 Hobbes on salvation Roberto Farneti; 3.4 Hobbes and the cause of religious toleration Edwin Curley; 4. Of the Kingdom of Darkness; 4.1 Hobbes's critique of the doctrine of essences and its sources Gianni Paganini; 4.2 Leviathan and its Anglican context Johann Somerville; 4.3 The Bible and Protestantism in Leviathan A. P. Martinich; 4.4 The 1668 appendix and Hobbes's theological project George Wright; 5. Hobbes's Reception; 5.1 Leviathan and Hobbes's contemporaries G. A. J. Rogers; 5.2 The reception of Hobbes's Leviathan Jonathan Parkin; 5.3 Hobbes, Clarendon, and Leviathan Perez Zagorin; 5.4 Silencing Thomas Hobbes: the Presbyterians and Leviathan Jeffrey R. Collins.
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'These papers herald a new era in Hobbesian studies.' Contemporary Review 'This collection, bringing together many distinguished historians of ideas from around the globe, will no doubt be the first port of call for those students and scholars new to Hobbes' greatest work.' British Journal for the History of Philosophy
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About Patricia Springborg

Patricia Springborg received her first degrees in Political Science from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and her doctorate from Oxford University. She has taught political science in New Zealand, and as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Berkeley, and held a personal chair in Political Theory in the Department of Government at the University of Sydney before being appointed professor ordinario in the School of Economics of the Free University, Bolzano. Elected to the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences in 1999, she has been a stipendiary fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars in Washington DC, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala, was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at St John's College, Oxford, and was the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Award in International Peace and Security, taken up at the Brookings Institution, Washington, DC. As a political theorist she works across a wide field, from political economy (The Problem of Human Needs, 1981), to theory of the state (Royal Persons, 1990), Orientalism (Western Republicanism and the Oriental Prince, Cambridge University Press, 1992), and the history of political thought. She is also the co-editor of the first English translation and critical edition of Thomas Hobbes's long Latin poem 'Historia Ecclesiastica'. She has published articles in journals such as The American Political Science Review, Political Theory, Political Studies, the Journal for the History of Political Thought and the British Journal for the History of Philosophy.
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