A Companion to Hobbes


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<p><b>Offers comprehensive treatment of Thomas Hobbes&rsquo;s thought, providing readers with&nbsp;different ways of understanding Hobbes as a systematic philosopher&nbsp;</b>&nbsp;</p> <p>As one of the founders of modern political philosophy,&nbsp;Thomas Hobbes is best known for&nbsp;his&nbsp;ideas&nbsp;regarding the nature of legitimate government and the necessity of society submitting to the absolute authority of sovereign power. Yet Hobbes&nbsp;produced a wide range of writings,&nbsp;from translations of texts by Homer and Thucydides, to interpretations of Biblical books, to works devoted to&nbsp;geometry, optics,&nbsp;morality,&nbsp;and religion.&nbsp;Hobbes viewed himself as&nbsp;presenting&nbsp;a&nbsp;unified method for theoretical and practical science&mdash;an interconnected&nbsp;system of philosophy&nbsp;that provides&nbsp;many entry points into his thought.&nbsp;</p> <p><i>A Companion to Hobbes</i>&nbsp;is&nbsp;an&nbsp;expertly curated&nbsp;collection of essays&nbsp;offering close textual&nbsp;engagement&nbsp;with&nbsp;the thought of Thomas Hobbes&nbsp;in his major works&nbsp;while probing&nbsp;his&nbsp;ideas&nbsp;regarding natural philosophy, mathematics, human nature, civil philosophy, religion, and more.&nbsp;The&nbsp;Companion&nbsp;discusses the&nbsp;ways in which scholars have tried to understand the unity and diversity of&nbsp;Hobbes&rsquo;s philosophical system&nbsp;and&nbsp;examines the reception of&nbsp;the different parts of&nbsp;Hobbes&rsquo;s&nbsp;philosophy&nbsp;by&nbsp;thinkers&nbsp;such as&nbsp;Ren&eacute; Descartes, Margaret Cavendish,&nbsp;David Hume, and Immanuel Kant.&nbsp;Presenting a diversity of fresh&nbsp;perspectives&nbsp;by&nbsp;both&nbsp;emerging and established scholars, this&nbsp;volume:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Provides a comprehensive treatment of Hobbes&rsquo;s thought in his works,&nbsp;including&nbsp;Elements of Law,&nbsp;Elements of Philosophy, and&nbsp;Leviathan&nbsp;</li> <li>Explores the connecting points between Hobbes&rsquo;&nbsp;metaphysics, epistemology, mathematics, natural philosophy, morality, and civil philosophy&nbsp;</li> <li>Offers readers strategies for understanding how the parts of Hobbes&rsquo;s&nbsp;philosophical system&nbsp;fit together&nbsp;</li> <li>Examines Hobbes&rsquo;s philosophy of mathematics&nbsp;and his&nbsp;attempts to understand geometrical objects and definitions&nbsp;</li> <li>Considers Hobbes&rsquo;s philosophy&nbsp;in contexts such as&nbsp;the&nbsp;natural state of humans,&nbsp;gender relations, and&nbsp;materialist worldviews&nbsp;</li> <li>Challenges conceptions of Hobbes&rsquo;s moral theory&nbsp;and&nbsp;his views about&nbsp;the rights of sovereigns&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Part of the acclaimed&nbsp;<i>Blackwell Companions to Philosophy</i>&nbsp;series,&nbsp;<i>A&nbsp;Companion to Hobbes</i>&nbsp;is an invaluable resource for scholars&nbsp;and advanced students of Early modern thought, particularly those from disciplines such as History of Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Intellectual History, History of Politics, Political Theory, and English.&nbsp;</p>