Hobbes

Hobbes

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by Bernard Gert
     
 
This book is a masterly introduction to the work of Thomas Hobbes. Bernard Gert provides the first account of Hobbes's political and moral philosophy that makes it clear why he is regarded as one of the best philosophers of all time in both of these fields.

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This book is a masterly introduction to the work of Thomas Hobbes. Bernard Gert provides the first account of Hobbes's political and moral philosophy that makes it clear why he is regarded as one of the best philosophers of all time in both of these fields.

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"The present reviewer is very enthusiastic about this book. It should be recommended to all those that are looking for an understandable and thorough introduction to the moral and political theories of Hobbes."
Ethical Perspectives

"A sympathetic reading that will be valuable for those interested in Hobbes' enduring philosophical relevance."
Political Studies Review

"Gert succeeds in clarifying the important parts of Hobbes' philosophy ... Experts will welcome this book as a collection of ideas from an influential authority on Hobbes."
Tijdschrift voor Filosofie

"Bernard Gert's book provides beginning students with an outstanding introduction to the main philosophical concepts and interpretive debates needed for understanding Hobbes's philosophy. Gert puts Hobbes's works into historical context, plausibly explains his motives, and offers a critical yet constructive account of his moral and political philosophies. Gert's is a model of clarity and thoughtful scholarship."
Sharon Lloyd, University of Southern California

"Bernard Gert has here produced the new standard interpretation of Hobbes's philosophy. The writing throughout is completely accessible to readers working even at the most elementary level of philosophy, ethics, or political science. Nonetheless, philosophers will like it for its precision and careful analyses of controversial topics; non-philosophers for its clarity and its ability to supplement the original without loss of content. This is THE book on Hobbes for the coming generation."
Stefan Baumrin, City University of New York Graduate Center

"Hobbes: Prince of Peace, by Bernard Gert, is the long-awaited product of his 45 years of immersion in the Hobbes corpus. In it, Gert he weaves together the many threads of Hobbes's theory into a single comprehensive account. Showing that readers shouldn't always take what Hobbes writes completely literally, Gert argues for an innovative reading of Hobbes's view on the interrelation between key concepts, such as reason, the laws of nature, and the moral law, and for recognizing distinctions that have heretofore been overlooked. This provocative book will surely be an important touchstone for Hobbes scholarship in the future."
Rosamond Rhodes, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745648828
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/22/2010
Series:
PCTS-Polity Classic Thinkers Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Gert is Stone Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy at Dartmouth College.

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