Machiavelli, Hobbes, and the Formation of a Liberal Republicanism in England

Machiavelli, Hobbes, and the Formation of a Liberal Republicanism in England

by Vickie B. Sullivan
     
 

ISBN-10: 052103485X

ISBN-13: 9780521034852

Pub. Date: 12/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Certain English writers of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, whom scholars often associate with classical republicanism, were not, in fact, hostile to liberalism. Indeed, these thinkers contributed to a synthesis of liberalism and modern republicanism. As this book argues, Marchamont Nedham, James Harrington, Henry Neville, Algernon Sidney, and John…  See more details below

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Certain English writers of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, whom scholars often associate with classical republicanism, were not, in fact, hostile to liberalism. Indeed, these thinkers contributed to a synthesis of liberalism and modern republicanism. As this book argues, Marchamont Nedham, James Harrington, Henry Neville, Algernon Sidney, and John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon, the coauthors of a series of editorials entitled Cato's Letters, provide a synthesis that responds to the demands of both republicans and liberals by offering a politically engaged citizenry as well as the protection of individual rights. The book also reinterprets the writings of Machiavelli and Hobbes to show that each contributed in a fundamental way to the formation of this liberal republicanism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521034852
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I. The Foundations of Liberal Republicanism: 1. Machiavelli's republicanism; 2. Hobbes on peace, the passions and politics; Part II. The Formation of the Synthesis: 3. Marchamont Nedham and the beginnings of a Liberal republicanism; 4. The distinctive modern republicanism of James Harrington; 5. Henry Neville's proposal for a republic under the form of monarchy; 6. Algernon Sidney as anticipator of Locke and secret admirer of Machiavelli; 7. Cato's thought as the reconciliation of Machiavellian republicanism and Lockean liberalism; Conclusion; Works cited; Index.

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