Hobbes's Science of Politics and His Theory of Science

Noel Malcolm

in Aspects of Hobbes

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780199247141
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597992 | DOI:
 Hobbes's Science of Politics and His Theory of  Science

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Analyses the sense in which Hobbes conceived of his political theory as enjoying the status of a ‘science’. It examines the two different concepts of scientific knowledge developed by Hobbes at different times and in different connections (knowledge of causes, and knowledge of meanings), and describes how Hobbes became convinced—mistakenly—that he had found a way of combining the two.

Keywords: causal knowledge; Hobbes; nominalism; science

Chapter.  5321 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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