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Three Discourses a Critical Modern Edition of Newly Identified Work of the Young Hobbes

by Thomas Hobbes

  • ISBN: 9780226345451
  • ISBN10: 0226345459

Three Discourses a Critical Modern Edition of Newly Identified Work of the Young Hobbes

by Thomas Hobbes

  • List Price: $49.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 01/01/1996
  • ISBN: 9780226345451
  • ISBN10: 0226345459
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Description: For the first time in three centuries, this book brings back into print three texts now confirmed to have been written by the young Thomas Hobbes. The contents of these discourses will lead, at the very least, to a serious reappraisal of the long-standing controversy surrounding Hobbes's early influences and the subsequent development of his thought. The volume begins with the recent history of the discourses, first published as part of the anonymous seventeenth-century work, Horae Subsecivae. Drawing upon both internal evidence and external confirmation afforded by new statistical "word-printing" techniques, the editors present a definitive case for Hobbes's authorship. The discourses provide the strongest evidence to date for the profound influences of Bacon and Machiavelli on the young Hobbes, and they add a new dimension to the much-debated impact of the scientific method on his thought. These texts, "Upon the Beginning of Tacitus", "Of Rome", and "Of Laws", provide direct access to the intellectual concerns and early influences and questions that eventually led Hobbes to the fully formed philosophy of Leviathan. In the discourses, Hobbes addresses the problem of identifying secular sources of political power that might provide security and stability in a world of constant flux, and works to free himself from some of the traditional foundations of political order.
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