Leviathan after 350 Years

Hardcover | June 29, 2004

EditorTom Sorell, Luc Foisneau

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Tom Sorell and Luc Foisneau bring together original essays by the world's leading Hobbes scholars to discuss Hobbes's masterpiece after three and a half centuries. The contributors address three different themes. The first is the place of Leviathan within Hobbes's output as a political philosopher. What does Leviathan add to The Elements of Law (1640) and De Cive (1642; 1647)? What is the relation between the English Leviathan and the Latin version of the book(1668)? Does Leviathan deserve its pre-eminence?The second theme concerns the connections between Hobbes's psychology and Hobbes's politics. The essays discuss Hobbes's curious views on the significance of laughter, evidence that he connected life in the state with passionlessness; the ways in which such things as fear for one's life entitlesubjects to rebel; and the question of how the sovereign's personal passions are to be squared with his personifying a multitude.The third theme is Hobbes's views on the Bible and the Church: contributors examine the tensions between any allowance for ecclesiastical and (differently) biblical authority on the one hand, and political authority on the other. This is a book which anyone working on Hobbes or on this period of intellectual history will want to read.

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Tom Sorell and Luc Foisneau bring together original essays by the world's leading Hobbes scholars to discuss Hobbes's masterpiece after three and a half centuries. The contributors address three different themes. The first is the place of Leviathan within Hobbes's output as a political philosopher. What does Leviathan add to The Elemen...

Tom Sorell is in the Department of Philosophy, University of Essex. Luc Foisneau is at CNRS, Paris.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:318 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:June 29, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199264619

ISBN - 13:9780199264612

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Tom Sorell: IntroductionPart One: Leviathan among Hobbes's Political Writings1. Karl Schuhmann: Leviathan and De cive2. Kinch Hoekstra: Hobbes De Facto? 'A Review and Conclusion'3. Ted H. Miller: The Uniqueness of Leviathan: Authorizing Poets, Philosophers, and Sovereigns4. Luc Foisneau: Leviathan's Theory of JusticePart Two: Passion and Politics5. Richard Tuck: The Utopianism of Leviathan6. Quentin Skinner: Hobbes and the Classical Theory of Laughter7. Yves-Charles Zarka: The Political Subject8. Tom Sorell: The Burdensome Freedom of SovereignsPart Three: Biblical and Political Authority9. Edwin Curley: The Covenant with God in Hobbes's Leviathan10. A. P. Martinich: The Interpretation of Covenants in Leviathan11. Noel Malcolm: Leviathan, the Pentateuch, and the Origins of Modern Biblical Criticism12. Franck Lessay: Hobbes's Protestantism