Reading Hobbes before Leviathan

The case of Philip Scot

in Hobbes Studies
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The purpose of this paper is to provide new information about Philip Scot’s 1650 Treatise of the schism of England, in which Hobbes is discussed in surprising detail. Who was the author and why did he wish so urgently to engage Hobbes? By learning the identity of “Philip Scot” and examining the Treatise in light of it, we gain new insight into reactions to Hobbes’s political views prior to Leviathan.

Reading Hobbes before Leviathan

The case of Philip Scot

in Hobbes Studies

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John MiltonOf Reformation touching Church Discipline in England1641 8.

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Jon ParkinTaming the Leviathan75–77. As Jon Parkin points out the decision to publish Humane Nature allowed Lockey and his colleagues to avoid publishing “the more questionable aspects of Hobbes’s political and religious views.”

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