Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau

Mark Philp and Z. A. Pelczynski

in Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199645060
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741616 | DOI:
Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau

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The introduction discusses the background to the lectures and Plamenatz’s understanding of the nature of political theory. This is followed by a section each on Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau, identifying current trends in contemporary scholarship in relation to each thinker, in particular identifying areas that are especially relevant to the interests that animated Plamenatz in his work.

Keywords: political theory; political philosophy; Machiavelli; virtue; evil; liberty; freedom; Hobbes; natural law; Rousseau

Chapter.  7423 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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