Hobbes: Morals and Politics

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 104 pages
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Hobbes is perhaps the most enjoyable and provocative of political thinkers. His writing surprises, shocks, captivates, amuses and, above all, stimulates criticism both of himself and of our conventional wisdom. He raises fundamental questions as much of ethics as of politics; his suggested answers make him one of the greatest of political philosophers and a highly acute thinker on ethics. This important book is both descriptive and critical, concentrating on Hobbes's ethical and political theory, but also considering the effect on these on his metaphysics. D. D. Raphael provides a distinctive analysis of Hobbes's account of artificial obligations and rights, the relation between obligation and causation and the continuing influence of mechanics on Hobbes's psychology and ethical theory. He also includes a detailed survey of other interpretations. Updated, with a new preface and critical bibliography, this book will be particularly useful as an introduction for undergraduates of politics and philosophy.
 

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Contents

Preface page j I The Man
9
Problem and Method
16
Metaphysics and Psychology
22
Morals and Politics I
29
Criticism
61
Interpretations 1
73
Interpretations II
88
Index
101
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About the author (2003)

D. D. Raphael is emeritus professor of philosophy at Imperial College, London. He is a specialist in moral and political thought in Britain during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and is the author or editor of a number of books, including Concepts of Justice, British Moralists, 1650-1800 and Moral Philosophy.

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