Thomas Hobbes: Skepticism, Individuality, and Chastened Politics

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - 184 sider
As its subtitle 'Skepticism, Individuality and Chastened Politics' indicates, this book is an exploration of and a largely favorable engagement with salient elements in the thinking of a theorist who is widely regarded as the greatest Anglophone political thinker and among the top rank of philosophical writers generally. In emphazing Hobbes's skepticism, Richard Flathman goes against the grain of much of the literature concerning Hobbes. The theme of individuality is more familiar, particularly from the celebrated writings on Hobbes by Michael Oakeshott, but the idea of a chastened politics challenges the widely influential view that Hobbes was not only an authoritarian but an incipient or proto-totalitarian. Although primarily an account of Hobbes's thinking, Flathman contends that Hobbes's formulation speaks valuably to issues that remain very much with us. For this reason Thomas Hobbes will be of interest to a wider audience than Hobbes specialists.

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Of Making and Unmaking
1
Of God Matter and Mind
10
Of Language Reason and Science
27
Of Prudence and Morality The Right and the Laws of Nature
51
Of Prudence and Morality Desires Ends and Character
70
Of Liberty Authority and Power
95
Of Liberty Politics and Political Education
128
Of Individuality and Democracy
158
Annotated Bibliography
172
Index
180
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Richard E. Flathman is George Armstrong Kelly Memorial Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches political philosophy.

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