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Oxford University Press, 1989 - Philosophy - 127 pages
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Thomas Hobbes was the first great English political philosopher, and his book Leviathan was one of the first truly modern works of philosophy. He 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 study, Richard Tuck dispels these myths, revealing Hobbes to have been passionately concerned with the refutation of scepticism in both sciences and ethics, and to have developed a theory of knowledge which rivalled that of Descartes in its importance for the formation of modern philosophy.

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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

Okay, to be fair, I already agree with much of Tuck's method. I do think the best way to understand political thought is to pay attention scrupulously to its historical context; that such attention ... Read full review

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User Review  - Simon - Goodreads

It's quite a while since I read a philosophy book with real intent. The intent is to get back to where I was when I left my last Manchester seminar room in 1985. I think this book has helped me get ... Read full review


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Richard Tuck is Professor of Government at Harvard University.

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