The Political Philosophy of Hobbes: Its Basis and Its Genesis

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University of Chicago Press, 1963 - Philosophy - 172 pages
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In this classic analysis, Leo Strauss pinpoints what is original and innovative in the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. He argues that Hobbes's ideas arose not from tradition or science but from his own deep knowledge and experience of human nature. Tracing the development of Hobbes's moral doctrine from his early writings to his major work The Leviathan, Strauss explains contradictions in the body of Hobbes's work and discovers startling connections between Hobbes and the thought of Plato, Thucydides, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, and Hegel.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
2
THE MORAL BASIS
7
ARISTOTELIANISM
31
ARISTOCRATIC VIRTUE
45
THE STATE AND RELIGION
60
HISTORY
80
THE NEW MORALITY
109
THE NEW POLITICAL SCIENCE
130
INDEX
172
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Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was Robert Maynard Hutchins Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in political science at the University of Chicago. Among his works published by the University of Chicago Press are Thoughts on Machiavelli, The City and Man, and Natural Right and History.


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