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Hobbes: A Very Short Introduction

Very Short Introductions

By (author) Richard Tuck
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom
Published: 30th Nov 2002
Dimensions: w 112mm h 175mm d 10mm
Weight: 142g
ISBN-10: 0192802550
ISBN-13: 9780192802552
Barcode No: 9780192802552
Synopsis
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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A useful introductory text, particularly in so far as it makes the results of more recent scholarship readily available to undergraduates. * Dr P. Dews, University of Essex * Very useful for students - comprehensive, concise and clearly written. * J. Townshend, Manchester Polytechnic * Review from previous edition lucid introduction to the first great English political philosopher * The Times *