Hobbes: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | February 15, 2002

byRichard Tuck

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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'sphilosophy 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.

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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'sphilosophy and dispels these myths, revealing him to ...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.41 inPublished:February 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192802550

ISBN - 13:9780192802552

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Table of Contents

Part I: Hobbes's lifeThe life of a humanistThe life of a philosopherThe life of a hereticPart II: Hobbes's workScienceEthicsPoliticsReligionPart III: Interpretations of HobbesHobbes as a modern natural law theoristHobbes as the demon of modernityHobbes as the social scientistHobbes as a moralistHobbes todayConclusion

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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