Category Archives: Hobbes (1588 – 1679 ce)

Three-Text Edition of Thomas Hobbes’s Political Theory: The Elements of Law, De Cive and Leviathan (2017)

Deborah Baumgold

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An exciting English-language edition which for the first time presents Thomas Hobbes’s masterpiece Leviathan alongside two earlier works, The Elements of Law and De Cive. By arranging the three texts side by side, Baumgold offers readers an enhanced understanding of Hobbes’s political theory and addresses an important need within Hobbes scholarship. The parallel presentation highlights substantive connections between the texts and makes it easy to trace the development of Hobbes’s thinking. Readers can follow developments both at the ‘micro’ level of specific arguments and at the ‘macro’ level of the overall scope and organization of the theory. The volume also includes parallel presentations of Hobbes’s chapter outlines, which serve as a key to the texts and are collected in a précis appendix

On Hobbes: Escaping the War of All Against All (2015)

On Hobbes: Escaping the War of All Against All (Liveright Classics)

by Alan Ryan

“In Leviathan, one of the greatest works of political philosophy of all time, English philosopher Thomas Hobbes created the idea of a “social contract” and set out to explicate a doctrine for the foundation of states and legitimate forms of government. In On Hobbes, Alan Ryan explains how Hobbes created the secular conception of the state and politics in one of the first truly modern works of political philosophy. Inverting Aristotle’s view of politics, Hobbes argued that humans organize themselves into political communities not out of any sociable impulse to pursue the good life in common, but rather out of an unsociable fear of one another and for the sake of avoiding the greatest evil of all: death. Ryan explicates how modern notions of individual rights, sovereignty, representative government, and almost all liberal political theory find their foundation in the work of Hobbes.”

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