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Behemoth, or The Long Parliament is essential to any reader interested in the historical context of the thought of Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679). In De Cive (1642) and Leviathan (1651), the great political philosopher had developed an analytical framework for discussing sedition, rebellion, and the breakdown of authority. Behemoth, completed around 1668 and not published until after Hobbe's death, represents the systematic application of this framework to the English Civil War.

In his insightful and substantial Introduction, Stephen Holmes examines the major themes and implications of Behemoth in Hobbes's system of thought. Holmes notes that a fresh consideration of Behemoth dispels persistent misreadings of Hobbes, including the idea that man is motivated solely by a desire for self-preservation. Behemoth, which is cast as a series of dialogues between a teacher and his pupil, locates the principal cause of the Civil War less in economic interests than in the stubborn irrationality of key actors. It also shows more vividly than any of Hobbe's other works the importance of religion in his theories of human nature and behavior.

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Stephen Holmes, a professor of political science and law at the University of Chicago, is the author of Benjamin Constant and the Making of Modern Liberalism.

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Dialogue I

Dialogue II

Dialogue III

Dialogue IV

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226345444
Introduction:
Holmes, Stephen
Other:
Holmes, Stephen
Introduction by:
Holmes, Stephen
Introduction:
Holmes, Stephen
Author:
Hobbes, Thomas
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient
Subject:
Puritan revolution, 1642-1660
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Great Britain History.
Subject:
Great Britain Politics and government.
Subject:
World History-England General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
no. 66.
Publication Date:
19900831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
212
Dimensions:
8.51x5.58x.60 in. .71 lbs.

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