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Thomas Hobbes
R. E. R. Bunce
Paperback / softback
Bloomsbury Academic
UK Publication Date

In this volume, Dr Bunce (University of Cambridge) introduces Hobbes' ambitious philosophical project to discover the principles that govern the social world. If Hobbes' immodest assessment that he successfully attained this goal may be disputed, Bunce nevertheless captures the extraordinary enduring value of Hobbes' work for the contemporary reader.
Thomas Hobbes's name and the title of his most famous work, Leviathan, have come to be synonymous with the idea that the natural state of humankind is 'nasty, brutish, and short' and only the intervention of a munificent overlord may spare men and women from this unenviable fate by imposing order where there would otherwise be chaos. The problem that Hobbes formulated resonates through the centuries as the enduring dilemma of political organisation and social cooperation. Indeed it can be seen today in fields as diverse as theoretical game theory and international relations.

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Dr Bunce completed a PhD on Hobbes' thought and teaches at the University of Cambridge, UK

"The volumes in this timely series comprise the most comprehensive body of material on conservative and libertarian thought yet published in a single project devoted to the subject. The series will prove an indispensable tool not only for those concerned with the history of political thought but also for those who confront the challenging task of constructing a viable contemporary conservative identity. Professor Meadowcroft had a difficult editorial task, to which he has responded with a judicious choice of thinkers and topics." --Noel O'Sullivan, Professor of Political Philosophy, the University of Hull, UK.

As the inaugural volume in a new series
from John Meadowcraft, "Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers,
Bunce's Thomas Hobbes sets a high standard for future volumes. Bunce (Univ. of
Cambridge) has provided a text useful for undergraduates, graduates, and faculty
alike. The book includes a brief yet informative biographical sketch, an account
of the development of Hobbes's civil philosophy, and a particularly valuable
discussion of how Hobbes's thought was received in his own day, as well as the
various avenues of interpretation subsequently developed. The discussion of
Hobbes's reception and interpretation is particularly useful to students as it
addresses the critiques of Hobbes made by Pufendorf, Locke, and Rousseau. The
account of contemporary views of Hobbes discusses his place in the thought of
important recent theorists such as Michael Oakeshott, Leo Strauss, and Francis
Fukuyama as well as his continued relevance to contemporary political subjects.
Bunce's volume has the particular virtue of paying due attention to Hobbes's
physics as well as his politics, clarifying the frequently neglected link
between his physics and his moral and political teachings. Summing Up:
Recommended. All undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. -- M.
Harding, University of Dallas-CHOICE, Editor's Pick

Keyword Index
Political science - Great Britain - History - 17th century.|Philosophers - Great Britain - Biography.|Political scientists - Great Britain - Biography.
Country of Publication
Number of Pages
xii, 163

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