The Oxford Handbook of Hobbes

A.P. Martinich, Kinch Hoekstra

The Oxford Handbook of Hobbes

A.P. Martinich, Kinch Hoekstra






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The Oxford Handbook of Hobbes collects twenty-six newly commissioned, original chapters on the philosophy of the English thinker Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679). Best known today for his important influence on political philosophy, Hobbes was in fact a wide and deep thinker on a diverse range of issues. The chapters included in this Oxford Handbook cover the full range of Hobbes's thought--his philosophy of logic and language; his view of physics and scientific method; his ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of law; and his views of religion, history, and literature. Several of the chapters overlap in fruitful ways, so that the reader can see the richness and depth of Hobbes's thought from a variety of perspectives.

The contributors are experts on Hobbes from many countries, whose home disciplines include philosophy, political science, history, and literature. A substantial introduction places Hobbes's work, and contemporary scholarship on Hobbes, in a broad context.


List of Contributors 1. Introduction, A. P. Martinich I. Logic and Natural Philosophy 2. Logic, Martine Pécharman 3. Hobbes on Language: Propositions, Truth, and Absurdity, Stewart Duncan 4. Hobbes's Mathematical Thought, Katherine Dunlop 5. Natural Philosophy, Daniel Garber 6. Hobbes on the Foundations of Natural Philosophy, Douglas Jesseph 7. The Most Curious of Sciences: Hobbes's Optics, Franco Giudice II. Human nature and Moral Philosophy 8. Hobbes on Liberty, Action, and Free Will, Thomas Pink 9. Reason, Deliberation and the Passions, Adrian Blau 10. The State of Nature, Ioannis D. Evrigenis 11. Hobbes on the Family, Nancy Hirschmann 12. Natural Law, S. A. Lloyd III. Political Philosophy 13. Political Obligation, John Deigh 14. Authorization and Representation in Leviathan, A. P. Martinich 15. Hobbes (and Austin, and Aquinas) on Law as Command of the Sovereign, Mark Murphy 16. The Sovereign, David Runciman 17. Hobbes and Absolutism, Johann Sommerville 18. Sovereign Jurisdiction, Territorial Rights, and Membership in Hobbes, Arash Abizadeh 19. Hobbes and the Social Control of Unsociability, Quentin Skinner IV. Religion 20. Hobbes and Religion without Theology, Agostino Lupoli 21. Hobbes and Christianity, Richard Tuck 22. Christianity and Civil Religion in Leviathan, Sarah Mortimer 23. Thomas Hobbes's Ecclesiastical History, Jeffrey Collins V. History, Poetry, and Paradox 24. Hobbes's Thucydides, Kinch Hoekstra 25. Making History: The Politics of Hobbes's Behemoth, Tomaz Mastnak 26. Hobbes on the Nature and Scope of Poetry, Timothy Raylor 27. Hobbes and Paradox, Jon Parkin Index


Edited by A.P. Martinich , Professor in Philosophy, and Professor of History and Government, University of Texas at Austin

Edited by Kinch Hoekstra , Chancellor's Professor of Political Science and Law and Affiliated Professor of Philosophy and of Classics, University of California, Berkeley

A. P. Martinich is Roy Allison Vaughan Centennial Professor in Philosophy, and Professor of History and Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of The Two Gods of Leviathan (1992), Hobbes: A Biography (1999), and Hobbes (2005), and co-editor with David Sosa of The Philosophy of Language 6th edition (OUP, 2013). Kinch Hoekstra is Chancellor's Professor of Political Science and Law and Affiliated Professor of Philosophy and of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in the history of political philosophy. With Luca Iori, he is editing Hobbes's Thucydides, Eight Bookes of the Peloponnesian Warre, for the Clarendon Edition of the Works of Thomas Hobbes.


"This handbook ... has much to offer ... This book would be an essential companion for any serious student of Hobbes." -- Paul Hammond, The Seventeenth Century

"This book represents a significant contribution to scholarship on Hobbes. It is impressive in both breadth and depth, with twenty-six essays devoted to various aspects of Hobbes's thought...Overall, the essays are of high quality and the group of authors, composed of historians of philosophy, political theorists, and historians of ideas, among others, is representative of the best of contemporary scholarship on Hobbes...The book sets the standard for future work on Hobbes." -- Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews