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Hobbes : Routledge Philosophers - A. P. Martinich


Routledge Philosophers

Paperback Published: 3rd May 2005
ISBN: 9780415283281
Number Of Pages: 261

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Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) was the first great English philosopher and one of the most important theorists of human nature and politics in the history of Western thought.
This superlative introduction explains Hobbes's main doctrines and arguments, covering all of Hobbes's philosophy. A.P.Martinich begins with a helpful overview of Hobbes's life and work, setting his ideas against the political and scientific background seventeenth century England. He then introduces and assesses, in clear chapters, Hobbes's contributions to fundamental areas of philosophy:
* Epistemology and metaphysics, in particular Hobbes's materialism and determinism and his relation to Descartes
* Ethics and political philosophy, concentrating on Hobbes's most famous work, Leviathan and the theory of the social contract it advances
* Philosophy of science, logic and language, considering Hobbes's theory of nominalism and his writing on rhetoric and the uses of language;
* Religion, examining Hobbes's analyses of revelation, prophets and miracles.
The final chapter considers the legacy of Hobbes's thought and his influence on contemporary philosophy.
Additional features
* Chapter summaries
* Annotated further reading

Industry Reviews

'In short, this is a fine and authoritative study by an acknowledged master of his subject. No serious student of Hobbes or early modern philosophy should ignore this book.' - Paul Kelly, London School of Economics

'This is an excellent book, well-suited to the Routledge Philosophers series. It is clearly and accessibly written, comprehensive, up-to-date on current scholarship, well-organised and often humorous. I think undergraduates will find the book both readable and enjoyable. Teachers will find it very helpful.' - S.A. Lloyd, University of Southern California

Figuresp. x
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Chronologyp. xiv
Lifep. 1
The Return of the Nativep. 1
Early Lifep. 4
Science and International Relationsp. 7
Political Viewsp. 15
Religious, Mathematical, and Scientific Disputesp. 18
Further Readingp. 23
Metaphysics and Mindp. 24
Materialismp. 24
Conatusp. 28
Mechanismp. 30
Determinismp. 31
Mindp. 33
Sensationp. 33
Imaginationp. 35
Mental Discoursep. 37
Desire, Appetite, Aversionp. 38
The Importance of Desiresp. 44
Free Willp. 47
Conclusionp. 53
Further Readingp. 53
Moral Philosophyp. 54
Moral and Political Philosophyp. 54
Good and Evilp. 57
The State of Naturep. 63
Equalityp. 65
The Right of Naturep. 77
Libertyp. 79
The Definition of the Law of Naturep. 80
The Deduction of the Laws of Naturep. 86
Laws and Propositional Formp. 97
Other Laws of Naturep. 98
When Do the Laws Apply?p. 100
Eternal Natural Lawsp. 100
The Foolp. 101
Conclusionp. 105
Further Readingp. 106
Political Philosophyp. 107
The Origin of a Commonwealthp. 107
Personsp. 112
Authorization and Alienationp. 115
Sovereignty by Acquisitionp. 125
The Properties of a Sovereignp. 128
Political Libertyp. 131
The Dissolution of the Commonwealthp. 132
The Value of Hobbes's Philosophyp. 135
Conclusionp. 136
Further Readingp. 136
Language, Logic, and Sciencep. 137
The Basic Units of Languagep. 137
Namesp. 141
Signification and Denotationp. 144
Speech Actsp. 146
Definitionsp. 147
Necessary and Contingent Propositionsp. 150
The Value of Philosophyp. 151
The Scope and Definition of Philosophyp. 153
The Unity of Sciencep. 172
Conclusionp. 174
Further Readingp. 175
Religionp. 176
Cultural Context and Religious Beliefsp. 176
Revelation, Prophets, and Miraclesp. 179
Faithp. 185
Religion, Superstition, and True Religionp. 187
The Causes of Religionp. 191
The Causes of the Decline of Religionp. 198
The Nature of God and Language about Himp. 200
Conclusionp. 206
Further Readingp. 207
Hobbes Todayp. 208
Scholarship before 1975p. 208
Scholarship after 1975p. 214
Conclusionp. 235
Further Readingp. 237
Glossaryp. 238
Notesp. 240
Bibliographyp. 248
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ISBN: 9780415283281
ISBN-10: 0415283280
Series: Routledge Philosophers
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 261
Published: 3rd May 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 14.17  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1