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Ideals as Interests in Hobbes's Leviathan : The Power of Mind over Matter - S. A. Lloyd

Ideals as Interests in Hobbes's Leviathan

The Power of Mind over Matter

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S. A. Lloyd proposes a radically new interpretation of Hobbes's Leviathan that shows transcendent interests--interests that override the fear of death--to be crucial to both Hobbes's analysis of social disorder and his proposed remedy to it. Most previous commentators in the analytic philosophical tradition have argued that Hobbes thought that credible threats of physical force could be sufficient to deter people from political insurrection. Professor Lloyd convincingly shows that because Hobbes took the transcendence of religious and moral interests seriously, he never believed that mere physical force could ensure social order. Lloyd's interpretation demonstrates the ineliminability of that half of Leviathan devoted to religion, and attributes to Hobbes a much more plausible conception of human nature than the narrow psychological egoism traditionally attributed to Hobbes.

"...refreshingly original...a brilliant reading of Hobbes, rigorously argued and tightly written. It deserves to revolutionize the study of Hobbes' political theory." International Studies in Philosophy "For those who want to understand what Hobbes's political theory is, this will be the book to consult." Alan Donagan, California Institute of Technology "The Hobbes scholarship is admirable, the writing is clear, and the quality of argument is uniformly high. Most importantly, Lloyd presents a genuinely original interpretation of Hobbes and meticulously constructs a very plausible argument in support of that interpretation." Greg Kavka, University of California, Irvine "A rich and powerful book with an extremely intriguing thesis." Choice "...this is a brilliant reading of Hobbes, rigorously argued and tightly written. It deserves to revolutionize the study of Hobbes' political theory." International Studies in Philosophy

Acknowledgments
A note on references
Introduction
The standard philosophical interpretation
Hobbes's compositive reconstruction, phase one: identification of the principle of political obligation
Compositive reconstruction, phase two: religion and the redescription of transcendent interests
Hobbes's mechanism for the reproduction of social stability
Hobbes's resolutive analysis, phase two: Part 4 of Leviathan
Theory in practice: Leviathan and Behemoth
Hobbes's resolutive analysis, phase one: design and detail
The treatment of transcendent interests
Hobbes's absolutism
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521392433
ISBN-10: 0521392438
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 30th January 2015
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.75 x 16.15  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.69