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

Review: Hobbes: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #64)

User Review  - Coyle - Goodreads

Yet another excellent book in the "Very Short Introduction" series. Tuck covers the life, thought, and influence of Thomas Hobbes in just over 130 very readable pages. Even better, while Tuck does pay ... Read full review

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