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A Dialogue between a Philosopher and a Student of the Common Laws of England
     

A Dialogue between a Philosopher and a Student of the Common Laws of England

by Thomas Hobbes, Joseph Cropsey
 

ISBN-10: 0226345408

ISBN-13: 9780226345406

Pub. Date: 03/28/1971

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

This little-known late writing of Hobbes reveals an unexplored dimension of his famous doctrine of sovereignty. The essay was first published posthumously in 1681, and from 1840 to 1971 only a generally unreliable edition has been in print. This edition provides the first dependable and easily accessible text of Hobbes's Dialogue. In the Dialogue, Hobbes

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This little-known late writing of Hobbes reveals an unexplored dimension of his famous doctrine of sovereignty. The essay was first published posthumously in 1681, and from 1840 to 1971 only a generally unreliable edition has been in print. This edition provides the first dependable and easily accessible text of Hobbes's Dialogue. In the Dialogue, Hobbes sets forth his mature reflections of the relation between reason and law, reflections more "liberal" than those found in Leviathan and his other well-known writings. Hobbes proposes a separation of the functions of government in the interest of common sense and humaneness without visibly violating his dictum that the sharing or division of sovereignty is an absurdity. This new edition of the Dialogue is a significant contribution to our understanding of seventeenth-century political philosophy.

"Hobbes students are indebted to Professor Cropsey for this scholarly and accessible edition of Dialogue." --J. Roland Pennock, American Political Science Review

"An invaluable aid to the study of Hobbes." --Review of Metaphysics

Joseph Cropsey is professor of political science at the University of Chicago. Author of Plato's World, Polity and Economy, he is a contributing author and editor of History of Political Philosophy with Leo Strauss and of Ancients and Moderns.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226345406
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
03/28/1971
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Editor's Note
Of the Law of Reason
Of Soveraign Power
Of Courts
Of Crimes Capital
Of Heresie
Of Proemunire
Of Punishments

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