Hobbes's Theory of the Will: Ideological Reasons and Historical Circumstances

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - Philosophy - 266 pages
In Hobbes's Theory of the Will, Jurgen Overhoff reveals the religious, ethical, and political consequences of Thomas Hobbes's doctrine of volition. The author gracefully describes how Hobbes's thought was governed by assumptions based firmly in Galilean natural philosophy and orthodox Protestant theology. Overhoff also demonstrates how his subject used materialist eschatology and an absolutist political theory to resolve the social and ethical predicaments that coincided with these assumptions. Finally, Overhoff provides a chronological study of the numerous philosophical, theological, religious and political aspects of Hobbes's idea of the will and situates Hobbes's doctrine within the context of the most important responses and objections put forward by his critics.

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Jurgen Overhoff is a research fellow in the Department of History of Education at the Universitat Potsdam. He has published numerous essays on Luther, Hobbes, and Kant.

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