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Thomas Hobbes

Political Ideas in Historical Context

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13 July 1992

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Johann Sommerville's is an impeccable textbook. Simply written, it provides exposition of Hobbes' arguments in the context of English and continental thought'. P. Springborg, University of Sydney, Political Studies, Vol....

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Johann Sommerville's is an impeccable textbook. Simply written, it provides exposition of Hobbes' arguments in the context of English and continental thought'. P. Springborg, University of Sydney, Political Studies, Vol. XL1, No 2 6/93 Thomas Hobbes was probably the greatest of British political theorists. Too often commentators have failed to grasp his meaning because they have ignored the historical context in which he wrote. Drawing on much recent scholarship and on many little-known seventeenth century sources, this book presents a lucid and jargon-free examination of Hobbes' arguments, setting them against a background of the ideas of his contemporaries and of the political events of his lifetime. By viewing Hobbes in his context, the book both clarifies his theories and illuminates European thinking at a critical stage in the development of modern political ideas.

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Preface
List of Abbreviations
Chronology
PART 1: HOBBES AND HIS CONTEXT
Introductory
1588-1640
1640-51
1651-79
PART 2: THE LAW OF NATURE AND THE NATURAL CONDITION OF MANKIND
Self-preservation
The State and Right of Nature
The Laws of Nature and Justice
Covenants
PART 3: THE ORIGINS OF GOVERNMENT AND THE NATURE OF POLITICAL OBLIGATION
The Institution of a Commonwealth
Conquest
The Family and the State
Political Obligation
PART 4: HOBBES ON SOVEREIGNTY AND LAW
Sovereignty
The Liberty and Property of the Subject
Law and the Sovereign
The Duties of the Sovereign
PART 5: HOBBES ON CHURCH AND STATE
What is Scripture?
Ecclesiastical Power: the Case Against Bellarmine
Ecclesiastical Power: De Cive, Leviathan and Anglican Thinking
Excommunication and Erastianism
PART 6: GOD, RELIGION AND TOLERATION
God
Faith, Salvation, Revelation, Prophecy and Miracles
Toleration and Conscience
Church History and Reformation
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index.

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JOHANN P. SOMMERVILLE is Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a former fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. His previous publications include Politics and Ideology in England, 1603-1640.

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JOHANN P. SOMMERVILLE is Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a former fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. His previous publications include Politics and Ideology in England, 1603-1640.

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