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.
Jeffrey Collins“Thomas Hobbes and the Blackloist Conspiracy of 1649,”The Historical JournalVol. 45 no. 2 (June 2002) 305–331; and The Allegiance of Thomas Hobbes (Oxford: Oxford U. Press 2005) 139–40 and 178–80.
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.”