Author: Peter Machamer

subjects, I say, not to take them insunder, but yet that they be so considered as if they were dissolved. 2 1 Introduction Much of what has been written about Thomas Hobbes has been about his political philosophy and even that has been much misunderstood. Many discussions have neglected his

In: Hobbes Studies
Author: Marcus Arvan

Larry May’s stated aims in Limiting Leviathan are two-fold. First, May argues that Hobbes is much more amenable to moral and legal limits on sovereignty and lawmaking than traditionally portrayed. (p. 1) Second, May endeavors to show that Hobbes’ theory provides a “solid grounding” for these

In: Hobbes Studies

* The author is grateful to the editor for her assistance 1 Introduction The purpose of this paper is to try to show that Thomas Hobbes’s novel concept of felicity was a re-imagining of the Hellenistic concept of eudaimonia , an ancient Greek word usually translated as human flourishing

In: Hobbes Studies
Author: Luciano Venezia

1. Introduction In this paper, I will introduce the notions of crucial argument and crucial evidence in the philosophy of intellectual history (broadly construed, including the history of political thought). I will use these concepts and take sides in an important controversy in Hobbes studies

In: Journal of the Philosophy of History
Author: Eleanor Curran

Introduction Much has been written about Hobbes’s arguments for natural equality. Despite this, a great deal remains opaque in Hobbes’s arguments and remarks on this subject. The first question I wish to address concerns Hobbes’s own beliefs. Did he believe in natural equality or was he

In: Hobbes Studies
Author: Evan Oxman

1 Introduction One of the great puzzles of Hobbes’s political thought is that despite his forceful advocacy for the logical necessity of absolutism, he is equally adamant that legitimate authority can only properly be derived from acts of human artifice, consent, and contract. Without a

In: Hobbes Studies
Author: Terrell Carver

This has been a rich and productive enquiry, asking Hobbes about nature and artifice, and then working back to what our contributors have to say about politics, and in particular, the life-and-death dilemmas that human society has created – ‘mortality, conflict and sociality’ in Gary Browning

In: Hobbes Studies

In his major works of political philosophy, Hobbes makes striking pronouncements about sexual behavior. For example, in On the Citizen he asserts that no sexual behavior is forbidden in nature, that there can be no such thing as marriage in the absence of a civil state, that what counts as

In: Hobbes Studies
Author: Howard Williams

Both Hobbes and Kant tackle the issue of natural right in a radical and controversial way. They both present systematic, secular theories of natural law in a highly religious age. As the message of Leviathan Hobbes embraces the idea of the laws of nature with great enthusiasm, whereas Kant

In: Hobbes Studies
Author: Stewart Duncan

1 Introduction Signification is the central semantic notion in Hobbes’s philosophy of language, but discussions of language and signification are not merely technical for Hobbes. He prominently and repeatedly criticizes others for linguistic errors. Sometimes he says they use terms that are

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