Leviathan

ISBN-10: 0521396417
ISBN-13: 9780521396417
Edition: 1991
List price: $11.95
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Description: S. A. Lloyd proposes a radically new interpretation of Hobbes's Leviathan that shows transcendent interests - interests that override the fear of death - to be crucial to both Hobbes's analysis of social disorder and his proposed remedy to it. Most  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/21/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 593
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

S. A. Lloyd proposes a radically new interpretation of Hobbes's Leviathan that shows transcendent interests - interests that override the fear of death - to be crucial to both Hobbes's analysis of social disorder and his proposed remedy to it. Most previous commentators in the analytic philosophical tradition have argued that Hobbes thought that credible threats of physical force could be sufficient to deter people from political insurrection. Professor Lloyd convincingly shows that because Hobbes took the transcendence of religious and moral interests seriously, he never believed that mere physical force could ensure social order. Lloyd's interpretation demonstrates the ineliminability of that half of Leviathan devoted to religion, and attributes to Hobbes a much more plausible conception of human nature than the narrow psychological egoism traditionally attributed to Hobbes.

Richard Tuck is Frank G. Thomson Professor of Government, Harvard University.

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