Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) was the first great English philosopher
and one of the most important theorists of human nature and
politics in the history of Western thought. This superlative
introduction presents Hobbes' main doctrines and arguments,
covering all of Hobbes' philosophy. A.P. Martinich begins with a
helpful overview of Hobbes' life and work, setting his ideas
against the political and scientific background of
seventeenth-century England. He then introduces and assesses, in
clear chapters, Hobbes' contributions to fundamental areas of
philosophy: epistemology and metaphysics, in particular Hobbes'
materialism and determinism and his relation to Descartes ethics
and political philosophy, concentrating on Hobbes' most famous
work, Leviathan, and the theory of the social contract it advances
philosophy of science, logic and language, considering Hobbes'
theory of nominalism and his writing on rhetoric and the uses of
language; religion, examining Hobbes' analyses of revelation,
prophets and miracles. The final chapter considers the legacy of
Hobbes' thought and his influence on contemporary philosophy.
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