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Thomas Hobbes (1588-1659) was one of the first great English political philosophers and his book "Leviathan" was one of the first truly modern works of philosophy. He has long had the reputation of being a pessimistic atheist, who claimed that human nature was inevitably evil and who proposed a totalitarian state to subdue human failings. In this study, Richard Tuck shows that while Hobbes may have been an atheist, he was far from pessimistic about human nature, nor did he advocate totalitarianism. By setting him in the context of his age, Dr Tuck reveals Hobbes to have been passionately concerned with the refutation of scepticism in both science and ethics, and to have developed a theory of knowledge which rivalled that of Descartes in its importance for the formation of modern philosophy.show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 10.16mm | 68.04g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192876686
  • 9780192876683

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Part 1 Hobbes' life: the life of a humanist; the life of a philosopher; the life of a heretic. Part 2 Hobbes' work: science; ethics; politics; religion. Part 3 Interpretations of Hobbes: Hobbes as a modern natural law theorist; - as a demon of modernity; - as a social scientist; - as a moralist; Hobbes today.show more

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