Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), the first great English political philosopher, has long had the reputation of being a pessimist atheist who saw human nature as inevitably evil and proposed a totalitarian state to subdue human failings. In this enlightening volume, Richard Tuck re-evaluates Hobbe's philosophy and dispels these myths. By locating him against the context of his age, Tuck argues that Hobbes was in fact passionately concerned with the refutation of scepticism, and that he developed a theory of knowledge which rivalled that of Descartes in its importance.
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Series: A Very Short Introduction
01 July 2002
Part I: Hobbes's lifeThe life of a humanist The life of a philosopher The life of a heretic Part II: Hobbes's workScience Ethics Politics Religion Part III: Interpretations of HobbesHobbes as a modern natural law theorist Hobbes as the demon of modernity Hobbes as the social scientist Hobbes as a moralist Hobbes today Conclusion
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Review from previous edition lucid introduction to the first great English political philosopher. --The Times<br>