Hobbes’s Strategy of Convergence

In: Hobbes Studies
Alison McQueen Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Search for other papers by Alison McQueen in
Current site
Google Scholar
Download Citation Get Permissions

Access options

Get access to the full article by using one of the access options below.

Institutional Login

Log in with Open Athens, Shibboleth, or your institutional credentials

Login via Institution


Buy instant access (PDF download and unlimited online access):



In his political works, Thomas Hobbes proliferates arguments and overdetermines his conclusions. This article hypothesizes that at least some of this overdetermination was intentional. It was part of a “convergent strategy” meant to appeal to a broad, diverse, and unknown audience. The article draws on Leviathan to offer evidence for this hypothesis.

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 355 117 14
Full Text Views 152 19 1
PDF Views & Downloads 240 35 0