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The Companion to Hobbes


The Companion follows the order of Hobbes's own system, working from physics to psychology to politics. His views on psychology, moral philosophy, and political philosophy--traditionally considered the crucial topics of his system--are expertly handled by Bernard Gert, Richard Tuck, and Alan Ryan. Perhaps more gratifying are the essays on less familiar topics: Yves Charles Zarka reveals Hobbes's unexpected commitment to what superficially looks like Aristotelian metaphysics, while Hardy Grant discusses his career in mathematics, a diversion marred by an embarrassing claim to have squared the circle. (Glenn Branch)


Table of Contents

          o Introduction by Tom Sorell
          o A summary biography of Hobbes by Noel Malcolm
          o Hobbes's scheme of the sciences by Tom Sorell
          o First philosophy and the foundations of knowledge by Yves Charles Zarka
          o Hobbes and the method of natural science by Douglas Jesseph
          o Hobbes and mathematics by Hardy Grant
          o Hobbes on light and vision by Jan Prins
          o Hobbes's psychology by Bernard Gert
          o Hobbes's moral philosophy by Richard Tuck
          o Hobbes's political philosophy by Alan Ryan
          o Lofty science and local politics by Johann Sommerville
          o Hobbes on law by M. M. Goldsmith
          o History in Hobbes's thought by Luc Borot
          o Hobbes on rhetoric by Victoria Silver
          o Hobbes on religion by Patricia Springborg
          o Bibliography
          o Supplementary Material

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