Hobbes: A Very Short Introduction
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Thomas Hobbes, the first great English political philosopher, has long had the reputation of being a pessimistic atheist, who saw human nature as inevitably evil and proposed a totalitarian state to subdue human failings. In this illuminating study, Richard Tuck re-evaluates Hobbes's philosophy and dispels these myths, revealing him to have been passionately concerned with the refutation of scepticism, and to have developed a theory of knowledge which rivalled that of Descartes in its importance. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 106 x 172 x 10mm | 140g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192802550
  • 9780192802552
  • 131,487

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A useful introductory text, particularly in so far as it makes the results of more recent scholarship readily available to undergraduates. * Dr P. Dews, University of Essex * Very useful for students - comprehensive, concise and clearly written. * J. Townshend, Manchester Polytechnic * Review from previous edition lucid introduction to the first great English political philosopher * The Times *show more

About Richard Tuck

Richard Tuck is Professor of Government at Harvard University. He is the author of Natural Rights Theories (1979) and Philosophy and Government 1572-1651 (1993), and has produced editions of Hobbes's Leviathan and (with Michael Silverthorne) De Cive.show more

Table of contents

THE LIFE OF A HUMANIST; SCIENCE; HOBBES AS A MODERN NATURAL LAW THEORIST; CONCLUSIONshow more

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