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: 0521870062

ISBN-13: 9780521870061

Pub. Date: 09/30/2007

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:
9780521870061
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2007
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Bishop Bramhall, the 'Great Arminian', 'Irish Canterbury' and 'Most Unsound Man in Ireland', 1633–41; 2. Bishop Bramhall, the Earl of Newcastle, Thomas Hobbes and the first English Civil War; 3. Hobbes's flight to France, De Cive and the beginning of the quarrel with Bramhall, summer 1645; 4. An epistolary skirmish, 1645–6: Bramhall, 'Discourse', Hobbes, 'Treatise' and Bramhall, 'Vindication'; 5. Bramhall and the Royalist schemes of 1646–50; 6. Hobbes and Leviathan among the exiles, 1646–51; 7. The public quarrel: Hobbes, Of Liberty and Necessity, 1654, Bramhall, Defence of True Liberty, 1655 and Hobbes, Questions concerning Necessity, Liberty and Chance, 1656; 8. Castigations of Hobbes's Animadversions and The Catching of Leviathan, 1657–8: Hobbes as Leviathan of Leviathans; 9. The restoration and death of Bramhall and Hobbes's last word, 1668; Conclusion.

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