Hobbes, Bramhall and the Politics of Liberty and Necessity: A Quarrel of the Civil Wars and Interregnum

Hobbes, Bramhall and the Politics of Liberty and Necessity: A Quarrel of the Civil Wars and Interregnum

by Nicholas D. Jackson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521181445

ISBN-13: 9780521181440

Pub. Date: 02/17/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book was the first full account of one of the most famous quarrels of the seventeenth century, that between the philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) and the Anglican archbishop of Armagh, John Bramhall (1594–1663). This analytical narrative interprets that quarrel within its own immediate and complicated historical circumstances, the Civil Wars

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This book was the first full account of one of the most famous quarrels of the seventeenth century, that between the philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) and the Anglican archbishop of Armagh, John Bramhall (1594–1663). This analytical narrative interprets that quarrel within its own immediate and complicated historical circumstances, the Civil Wars (1638–49) and Interregnum (1649–60). The personal clash of Hobbes and Bramhall is connected to the broader conflict, disorder, violence, dislocation and exile that characterised those periods. This monograph offered not only the first comprehensive narrative of their hostilities over two decades, but also an illuminating analysis of aspects of their private and public quarrel that have been neglected in previous accounts, with special attention devoted to their dispute over political and religious authority. This will be of interest to scholars of early modern British history, religious history and the history of ideas.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521181440
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/17/2011
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
List of abbreviations     xi
Note on dates and style     xvii
Introduction     1
Bishop Bramhall, the 'Great Arminian', 'Irish Canterbury' and 'Most Unsound Man in Ireland', 1633-1641     21
Bishop Bramhall, the Earl of Newcastle, Thomas Hobbes and the First English Civil War     40
Hobbes's flight to France, De Cive and the beginning of the quarrel with Bramhall, summer 1645     68
An epistolary skirmish, 1645-1646: Bramhall's 'Discourse', Hobbes's 'Treatise' and Bramhall's 'Vindication'     100
Bramhall and the royalist schemes of 1646-1650     125
Hobbes and Leviathan among the exiles, 1646-1651     146
The public quarrel: Hobbes, Of Liberty and Necessity, 1654, Bramhall, Defence of True Liberty, 1655 and Hobbes, Questions concerning Liberty, Necessity and Chance, 1656     180
Castigations of Hobbes's Animadversions and The Catching of Leviathan, 1657-1658: Hobbes as Leviathan of Leviathans     220
The Restoration and death of Bramhall and Hobbes's last word, 1668     250
Conclusion     276
Bibliography     305
Index     323

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