Hobbes: A Biography: A Biography

Hobbes: A Biography: A Biography

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A. P. Martinich
Cambridge University Press, 8/21/2008
EAN 9780521039345, ISBN10: 0521039347

Paperback, 424 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.7 cm
Language: English

Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) is recognized as one of the fathers of modern philosophy and political theory. In his own time he was as famous for his work in physics, geometry, and religion. He associated with some of the greatest writers, scientists, and politicians of his age. Martinich has written a complete and accessible biography of Hobbes. The book takes full account of the historical and cultural context in which Hobbes lived, drawing on both published and unpublished sources. It will be a great resource for philosophers, political theorists and historians of ideas. The clear, crisp prose style will also ensure that the book appeals to general readers with an interest in the history of philosophy, the rise of modern science and the English Civil War.

A note on dates
1. Malmesbury and Magdalen Hall, 1588–1608
2. Tutor and companion, 1608–20
3. Secretary and humanist, 1621–9
4. Early scientific studies and religious views, 1629–40
5. The elements of law, natural and politic, 1640
6. A decade of exile, 1641–51 (I)
7. A decade of exile, 1641–51 (II)
8. Leviathan and the engagement controversy, 1651–3
9. Demonstrations and disputations, 1652–9
10. Baiting the bear, 1660–9
11. The final years, 1670–9
A bibliographical essay