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Hobbes's kingdom of light : a study of the foundations of modern political philosophy

Author: Devin Stauffer
Publisher: [Chicago] : University of Chicago Press, 2021.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Was Hobbes the first great architect of modern political philosophy? Highly critical of the classical tradition in philosophy, particularly Aristotle, Hobbes thought that he had established a new science of morality and politics. Devin Stauffer here delves into Hobbes's critique of the classical tradition, making this oft-neglected aspect of the philosopher's thought the basis of a new, comprehensive interpretation  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Thomas Hobbes; Thomas Hobbes; Thomas Hobbes
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Devin Stauffer
ISBN: 022676012X 9780226760124
OCLC Number: 1151811062
Description: 1 volume ; 23 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments Editions and AbbreviationsIntroduction Chapter One. "Of Darkness from Vain Philosophy" Chapter Two. Hobbes's Natural Philosophy Chapter Three. Religion and Theology I: "Of Religion" Chapter Four. Religion and Theology II: Hobbes's Natural Theology Chapter Five. Religion and Theology III: Hobbes's Confrontation with the Bible Chapter Six. Hobbes's Political Philosophy I: Man and Morality Chapter Seven. Hobbes's Political Philosophy II: The Hobbesian CommonwealthAppendix. The Engraved Title Page of Leviathan Bibliography Index
Responsibility: Devin Stauffer.

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Was Hobbes the first great architect of modern political philosophy? Highly critical of the classical tradition in philosophy, particularly Aristotle, Hobbes thought that he had established a new science of morality and politics. Devin Stauffer here delves into Hobbes's critique of the classical tradition, making this oft-neglected aspect of the philosopher's thought the basis of a new, comprehensive interpretation of his political philosophy. In Hobbes's Kingdom of Light, Stauffer argues that Hobbes was engaged in a struggle on multiple fronts against forces, both philosophic and religious, that he thought had long distorted philosophy and destroyed the prospects of a lasting peace in politics. By exploring the twists and turns of Hobbes's arguments, not only in his famous Leviathan but throughout his corpus, Stauffer uncovers the details of Hobbes's critique of an older outlook, rooted in classical philosophy and Christian theology, and reveals the complexity of Hobbes's war against the "Kingdom of Darkness." He also describes the key features of the new outlook -- the "Kingdom of Light" -- that Hobbes sought to put in its place. Hobbes's venture helped to prepare the way for the later emergence of modern liberalism and modern secularism. Hobbes's Kingdom of Light is a wide-ranging and ambitious exploration of Hobbes's thought.

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