Synopses & Reviews
'S. A. Lloyd proposes a radically new interpretation of Hobbes\'s Leviathan that shows transcendent interests - interests that override the fear of death - to be crucial to both Hobbes\'s analysis of social disorder and his proposed remedy to it. Most previous commentators in the analytic philosophical tradition have argued that Hobbes thought that credible threats of physical force could be sufficient to deter people from political insurrection. Professor Lloyd convincingly shows that because Hobbes took the transcendence of religious and moral interests seriously, he never believed that mere physical force could ensure social order. Lloyd\'s interpretation demonstrates the ineliminability of that half of Leviathan devoted to religion, and attributes to Hobbes a much more plausible conception of human nature than the narrow psychological egoism traditionally attributed to Hobbes.'
A founding work of political philosophy with expanded introduction and added explanatory matter.
A founding work of political philosophy with an expanded introduction and added explanatory matter.
Hobbes' Leviathan is arguably the greatest piece of political philosophy written in the English language. Since its first publication, Richard Tuck's edition of Leviathan has been recognized as the single most accurate and authoritative text, and for this revised edition Professor Tuck has provided a much-amplified and expanded introduction. Other vital study aids include an extensive guide to further reading, a note on textual matters, a chronology of important events and brief biographies of important persons mentioned in Hobbes' text.
HobbesâLeviathan is arguably one of the greatest works of political philosophy. Since its first publication Richard Tuckâs edition of Leviathan has been recognized as the single most accurate and authoritative text, and for this revised edition Professor Tuck has provided a much amplified introduction.
Includes bibliographical references (p. lx-xcii) and index.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Introduction; A note on the text; Principal events in Hobbes' life; Further reading; Biographical synopses; Leviathan; The Epistle Dedicatory; The contents of the chapters; The introduction; The text: Chapters 1-47; A review and conclusion; Indexes.