Hobbes, Locke, and Confusion's Masterpiece: An Examination of Seventeenth-Century Political Philosophy

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In Hobbes, Locke, and Confusion's Masterpiece, an important new study of the foundations of modern political theory, Ross Harrison, the eminent political philosopher, analyzes the work of Hobbes, Locke, and their contemporaries. He provides a detailed account of the turbulent historical background that shaped the political, intellectual, and religious content of political theory as it evolved in seventeenth-century England. Harrison explores such questions as the limits of political authority and the relationship between the legitimacy of government and the will of the people in a non-technical style that will appeal to professionals and students in philosophy, theology, and history.
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"Harrison's analysis is clear and his vernacular style is put to good use, facilitating a forward-looking dialogue with these past thinkers.... He demonstrates great critical acumen.... Recommended." Choice

"This is a highly stimulating, even exciting addition to Hobbes and Locke studies." Philosophy in Review

"The argument is sophisticated; the focus tightly maintained; and the prose lucid" Seventeenth Century Journal S.-J Savonius, University of Cambridge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521017190
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Word 7
2 The Great Beast Leviathan 43
3 The State of Hobbes's Nature 70
4 Hobbes: The Birth of Justice 101
5 War and Peace: Grotius and Pufendorf 132
6 Locke's Law 163
7 Disobedient Locke 190
8 The Key to Locke's Property 219
9 Why Utility Pleases 245
Book Notes 267
Index 277
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