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.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors1. Introduction, A. P. MartinichI. Logic and Natural Philosophy2. Logic, Martine Pécharman3. Hobbes on Language: Propositions, Truth, and Absurdity, Stewart Duncan4. Hobbes's Mathematical Thought, Katherine Dunlop5. Natural Philosophy, Daniel Garber6. Hobbes on the Foundations of Natural Philosophy, Douglas Jesseph7. The Most Curious of Sciences: Hobbes's Optics, Franco GiudiceII. Human nature and Moral Philosophy8. Hobbes on Liberty, Action, and Free Will, Thomas Pink9. Reason, Deliberation and the Passions, Adrian Blau10. The State of Nature, Ioannis D. Evrigenis11. Hobbes on the Family, Nancy Hirschmann12. Natural Law, S. A. LloydIII. Political Philosophy13. Political Obligation, John Deigh14. Authorization and Representation in Leviathan, A. P. Martinich15. Hobbes (and Austin, and Aquinas) on Law as Command of the Sovereign, Mark Murphy16. The Sovereign, David Runciman17. Hobbes and Absolutism, Johann Sommerville18. Sovereign Jurisdiction, Territorial Rights, and Membership in Hobbes, Arash Abizadeh19. Hobbes and the Social Control of Unsociability, Quentin SkinnerIV. Religion20. Hobbes and Religion without Theology, Agostino Lupoli21. Hobbes and Christianity, Richard Tuck22. Christianity and Civil Religion in Leviathan, Sarah Mortimer23. Thomas Hobbes's Ecclesiastical History, Jeffrey CollinsV. History, Poetry, and Paradox24. Hobbes's Thucydides, Kinch Hoekstra25. Making History: The Politics of Hobbes's Behemoth, Tomaz Mastnak26. Hobbes on the Nature and Scope of Poetry, Timothy Raylor27. Hobbes and Paradox, Jon ParkinIndex