Hobbes: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, May 30, 2002 - Philosophy - 168 pages
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Thomas 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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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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These A Very Short Introduction series from Oxford are excellent!! I have read several on a wide range of topics and each one has been right on. A great way to either get a basic understanding of a subject or a way for some of us to refresh our minds about subjects studied while ago at college. Read full review

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