Starting with Hobbes

Starting with Hobbes

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This book provides a new introduction to Hobbes, guiding the student through the key concepts of his work by examining the overall development of his ideas.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' 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."Continuum's Starting with"...series offers clear, concise and accessible introductions to the key thinkers in philosophy.
The books explore and illuminate the roots of each philosopher's work and ideas, leading readers to a thorough understanding of the key influences and philosophical foundations from which his or her thought developed. Ideal for first-year students starting out in philosophy, the series will serve as the ideal companion to study of this fascinating subject.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 138 x 210 x 16mm | 240.4g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1847061613
  • 9781847061614
  • 2,598,697

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"Does the world need more monographs on major philosophers? It does when they are as well written as the 'Starting with' series... Some commentators focus only on The Leviathan and ignore Hobbes's other works. Ross (Univ. of Leeds) corrects this through summaries of Hobbes's theory of knowledge, metaphysics, philosophical anthropology, and social writings... Summing up: Recommended." -Choice "Starting with Hobbes is a promising textbook which can be read and used with profit. I will recommend it to my students." - Hobbes Studies (2010) --Sanford Lakoff 'Starting with Hobbes is a promising textbook which can be read and used with profit. I will recommend it to my students. The criticisms I have presented are simply based on points which I find interesting and challenging. All good philosophy books have them.'--Sanford Lakoff 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
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About George MacDonald Ross

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.
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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.
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