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Most of the 20 essays, reproduced from publications of the past four decades, support, attack, or refine Hobbes' (1588-1679) fundamental proposition that everyone is self-interested, valuing their own preservation above everything else, and so engaged constantly in a war of all against all. Others consider the state of nature<-->that is, of war<-->and his faith that the absolute sovereign is the only remedy for it. Specific topics include ethical naturalism, skepticism, his social contract, psychological egoism, deviant uses of obligation, rhetoric and the construction of morality, and whether he was a legal positivist. Only names are indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Series Preface
Pt. I The Received View: Moral Theory
1 Thomas Hobbes: Moral Theorist 3
2 Right Reason and Natural Law in Hobbes's Ethics 17
3 Hobbes and Ethical Naturalism 31
Pt. II The Received View: The State of Nature
4 Hobbes's War of All Against All 55
5 Hobbes's State of War 75
6 Skepticism and Hobbes's Political Philosophy 89
Pt. III The Received View: The Sovereign
7 Hobbes's Social Contract 113
8 Hobbes on Artificial Persons and Collective Actions 125
9 Hobbes's "Mortall God": Is there a Fallacy in Hobbes's Theory of Sovereignty 153
10 Reflections on Hobbes: Recent Work on his Moral and Political Philosophy 171
Pt. IV The Debate Over the Received View
11 Hobbes and Psychological Egoism 255
12 The Ethical Doctrine of Hobbes 273
13 Hobbes's Conception of Morality 293
14 The Ideological Context of Hobbes's Political Thought 309
15 Deviant Uses of "Obligation" in Hobbes' Leviathan 341
Pt. V Method, Rhetoric and Law
16 Hobbes Today 357
17 Against an Orthodox Interpretation of Hobbes 369
18 Thomas Hobbes: Rhetoric and the Construction of Morality 381
19 Thomas Hobbes and the Contractarian Theory of Law 443
20 Was Hobbes a Legal Positivist? 473
Name Index 501
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