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Hobbes : A Very Short Introduction - Richard Tuck


A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 30th May 2002
ISBN: 9780192802552
Number Of Pages: 168

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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's philosophy 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. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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`Review from previous edition lucid introduction to the first great English political philosopher' The Times `Very useful for students - comprehensive, concise and clearly written.' J. Townshend, Manchester Polytechnic `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

Part I: Hobbes's lifeThe life of a humanist The life of a philosopher The life of a heretic Part II: Hobbes's workScience Ethics Politics Religion Part III: Interpretations of HobbesHobbes as a modern natural law theorist Hobbes as the demon of modernity Hobbes as the social scientist Hobbes as a moralist Hobbes today Conclusion

ISBN: 9780192802552
ISBN-10: 0192802550
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 30th May 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.78 x 11.43  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.16

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