Taming the Leviathan: The Reception of the Political and Religious Ideas of Thomas Hobbes in England, 1640-1700

Taming the Leviathan: The Reception of the Political and Religious Ideas of Thomas Hobbes in England, 1640-1700

by Jon Parkin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521877350

ISBN-13: 9780521877350

Pub. Date: 08/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Thomas Hobbes is widely acknowledged as the most important political philosopher to have written in English. Originally published in 2007, Taming the Leviathan is a wide-ranging study of the English reception of Hobbes's ideas. In the first book-length treatment of the topic for over forty years, Jon Parkin follows the fate of Hobbes's texts (particularly Leviathan

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Thomas Hobbes is widely acknowledged as the most important political philosopher to have written in English. Originally published in 2007, Taming the Leviathan is a wide-ranging study of the English reception of Hobbes's ideas. In the first book-length treatment of the topic for over forty years, Jon Parkin follows the fate of Hobbes's texts (particularly Leviathan) and the development of his controversial reputation during the seventeenth century, revealing the stakes in the critical discussion of the philosopher and his ideas. Revising the traditional view that Hobbes was simply rejected by his contemporaries, Parkin demonstrates that Hobbes's work was too useful for them to ignore, but too radical to leave unchallenged. His texts therefore had to be controlled, their lessons absorbed and their author discredited. In other words the Leviathan had to be tamed. Taming the Leviathan significantly revised our understanding of the role of Hobbes and Hobbism in seventeenth-century England.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521877350
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2007
Series:
Ideas in Context Series, #82
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Reading Hobbes before Leviathan, 1640–1651; 2. Leviathan 1651–1654; 3. The storm 1654–1658; 4. Restoration 1658–1666; 5. Hobbes and Hobbism 1666-1675; 6. Hobbes and the Restoration Crisis 1675–1685; 7. Hobbism in the Glorious Revolution 1685–1700; Conclusion; Bibliography.

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