Yves Charles Zarka shows you how Hobbes established the framework for modern political thought. Discover the origin of liberalism in the Hobbesian theory of negative liberty; that Hobbesian interest and contract are essential to contemporary discussions of the comportment of economic actors; and how state sovereignty returns anew in the form of the servility of the state.
At the same time, Zarka controversially argues against received readings claiming that Hobbes is a thinker of a state monopoly on legitimate violence.
Yves Charles Zarka is Professor of Political Philosophy at the Universit Paris Descartes (Sorbonne), the general editor of Oeuvres de Hobbes (Vrin), and has also published La dcision mtaphysique de Hobbes (Vrin). He edits the journal Cits (PUF) and, among his works on contemporary political philosophy, has recently published Refaire l'Europe (PUF), Refonder le cosmopolitanisme (PUF), and L'inappropriabilit de la Terre (Armand Colin)."
Hobbes and Modern Political Thought brings the work of Yves Charles Zarka - one of the most important interpreters of Hobbes - to Anglophone readers, perhaps for the first time. Zarka's long-standing engagement with Hobbes shows how to read Hobbes's philosophical. This text, admirably translated, will enrich the English discussion of Hobbes's philosophy.
Zarka's book is the culmination of years of reflection by one of the most important Hobbes scholars working in France today . On account of the acumen with which the author identifies the philosophical stakes of Hobbes' project, the clarity with which he elaborates Hobbesian concepts, and the complexity and originality of the readings advanced along the way, Hobbes and Modern Political Thought is worthy of careful study by students of Hobbes or anyone interested in the origins of modern political philosophy.