Visions of Politics / Edition 1

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Overview

The third of three volumes of essays by Quentin Skinner, one of the world's leading intellectual historians. This collection includes some of his most important essays on Thomas Hobbes, each of which has been carefully revised for publication in this form. In a series of writings spanning the past four decades Professor Skinner examines, with his customary perspicuity, the evolution and character of Hobbes's political thought. An indispensable work in its own right, this volume also serves as a demonstration of those methodological theories propounded in Volume I, and as an appositional commentary on the Renaissance values of civic virtue treated in Volume II. All of Professor Skinner's work is characterised by philosophical power, limpid clarity, and elegance of exposition; these essays, many of which are now recognised classics, provide a fascinating and convenient digest of the development of his thought. Professer Skinner has been awarded the Balzan Prize Life Time Achievement Award for Political Thought, History and Theory. Full details of this award can be found at http://www.balzan.it/News_eng.aspx?ID=2474
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"This essay is essential reading." SEL Studies in English Literature, Achsah Guibbory, Recent Studies in English Renaissance
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521589260
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 973,095
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Quentin Skinner is Regius Professor of Modern History in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Christ's College.
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Hobbes's career in philosophy; 2. Hobbes and the studia humanitatis; 3. Hobbes's changing conception of a civil science; 4. Hobbes on rhetoric and the construction of morality; 5. Hobbes and the purely artificial person of the state; 6. Hobbes on the proper signification of liberty; 7. Hobbes and the classical theory of laughter; 8. History and ideology in the English revolution; 9. The context of Hobbes's theory of political obligation; 10. Conquest and consent: Hobbes and the engagement controversy; 11. Hobbes and his disciples in France and England; 12. Hobbes and the politics of the early Royal Society; 13. Hobbes's last word on politics.
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