Liberty,Rationality,and Agency in Hobbes's Leviathan [NOOK Book]

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Marking a significant departure from most scholarship on Hobbes, this book offers new interpretations of his theories of freedom, agency, rationality, morality, psychology, and politics. Hobbes's arguments concerning many different aspects of civil society and human psychology are brought together to provide a comprehensive theory of agency. Hobbes's theory of freedom is demonstrated to be considerably more complicated than previously thought, revealing a concern with both "internal" and "external" conditions of ...
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Overview

Marking a significant departure from most scholarship on Hobbes, this book offers new interpretations of his theories of freedom, agency, rationality, morality, psychology, and politics. Hobbes's arguments concerning many different aspects of civil society and human psychology are brought together to provide a comprehensive theory of agency. Hobbes's theory of freedom is demonstrated to be considerably more complicated than previously thought, revealing a concern with both "internal" and "external" conditions of action. On close examination Hobbes can be seen to move beyond his limited definition of negative liberty and to champion autonomous rational action. Throughout, the book evaluates the relevance of this reformulation for contemporary debates in political philosophy.
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David van Mill challenges a long-standing view that Hobbes's theory can be pigeon-holed into a rational-actor behaviorist model, and suggests that Hobbes entertained a more expansive understanding of reason and rationality, closer to positive conceptions of agency. His arguments are clear and concise, yet at the same time detailed and rigorous. - John E. Seery, author of Political Theory of Morals: Shades of Justice, Images of Death
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Mills (political science, U. of Western Australia) offers new interpretations of Hobbes' theories of freedom, agency, rationality, morality, psychology, and politics. Throughout, he considers the applicability of these new interpretations to contemporary debates in political philosophy. ^ Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791490297
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 313 KB

Meet the Author

David van Mill is Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Western Australia.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Pt. I Introduction and Theoretical Framework
Ch. 1 Introduction 3
Ch. 2 The Scope of Freedom 13
Pt. II Freedom, Autonomy, Rationality, and Morality
Ch. 3 Hobbes and Negative Freedom 47
Ch. 4 The Internal Conditions of Freedom: Complex Instrumental Rationality and Autonomy 73
Ch. 5 The Internal Conditions of Freedom: Substantive Rationality and Autonomy 97
Ch. 6 Voluntarism and Morality 119
Pt. III External Freedom
Ch. 7 Freedom, Equality, and the Laws of Nature 153
Pt. IV Conclusion
Ch. 8 Hobbes's Dualism 205
Notes 217
Bibliography 241
Index 249
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