Politicized Physics in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy

Politicized Physics in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy : Essays on Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, and Spinoza

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This book examines the role that natural philosophy (that is, doctrines of physics) plays in the emergence of Early Modern political thought. Robert J. Roecklein argues that the natural philosophy of Early Modernity, especially its indictment of sense perception, constitutes a major political foundation for the more concrete doctrines of political science developed by Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, and Spinoza.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 266 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739188534
  • 9780739188538
  • 1,784,832

About Robert J. Roecklein

Robert J. Roecklein teaches rhetoric and political philosophy at Pennsylvania State University, Erie, the Behrend College and the author of Plato Versus Parmenides: The Debate Over Coming-into-Being in Greek Philosophy (Lexington Books, 2010) and Machiavelli and Epicureanism: An Investigation into the Origins of Early Modern Political Thought (Lexington Books, 2012).show more

Table of contents

Introduction: Physics and Politics Chapter 1: Francis Bacon's Uncharitable Charity: The Birth of a New Rationality Chapter 2: Descartes and the Science of Authority Chapter 3: Hobbes's Natural Science Chapter 4: Hobbes's `Right of Nature' and the Politics of Agony Chapter 5: On Spinoza's `Substance' or `God' Conclusion: Early Modern Philosophy, Just the Facts Bibliographyshow more