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A General Assessment of Hobbes’s Political Philosophy

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645060.003.0007
A General Assessment of Hobbes’s Political Philosophy

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Plamenatz emphasizes that Hobbes is a systematic thinker, who turns to politics (and away from his plan of work) only because of the context in which he wrote. His conclusions were new and bold and derived from a view of the working of the human mind and of human needs. He showed how submission to authority is related to distinctive human wants and capacities. He was a materialist and nominalist who believed in the importance of clear definitions and an axiomatic structure to arguments, but he himself often fell short of this standard.

Keywords: Hobbes; psychology; definitions; language; geometry; materialism; nominalism; utilitarianism; individualism; religion

Chapter.  9187 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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