Hobbes: A Very Short Introduction
By (author) Richard Tuck
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Hobbes: A Very Short Introduction by Richard Tuck
Book DescriptionThomas Hobbes, the first great English political philosopher, has long had the reputation of being a pessimistic atheist, who saw human nature as inevitably evil and proposed a totalitarian state to subdue human failings. In this illuminating study, Richard Tuck re-evaluates Hobbes's philosophy and dispels these myths, revealing him to have been passionately concerned with the refutation of scepticism, and to have developed a theory of knowledge which rivalled that of Descartes in its importance. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780192802552
(175mm x 112mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 30-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This is an historical account of the formative period of modern theories of international law. It examines the arguments over the moral basis for war, and links the debates to the writings of theorists such as Hobbes, Locke, Kant, and Rousseau.
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Author Biography - Richard Tuck
Richard Tuck is Professor of Government at Harvard University. He is the author of Natural Rights Theories (1979) and Philosophy and Government 1572-1651 (1993), and has produced editions of Hobbes's Leviathan and (with Michael Silverthorne) De Cive.
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