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Hobbes: On the Citizen

Hobbes: On the Citizen

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Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

  • Date Published: August 1998
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521437806

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  • De Cive (On the Citizen) is the first full exposition of the political thought of Thomas Hobbes, the greatest English political philosopher of all time. Professors Tuck and Silverthorne have undertaken the first complete translation since 1651, a rendition long thought (in error) to be at least sanctioned by Hobbes himself. On the Citizen is written in a clear, straightforward, expository style, offering students a more digestible account of Hobbes' political thought than even Leviathan itself. This new translation is itself a very significant scholarly event.

    • First translation since 1651 of a crucial text by the greatest English political philosopher
    • Full student-friendly editorial apparatus, including glossary of terms
    • Perhaps the most accessible single Hobbes text now available - convenient introduction to his thought
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    "This new translation will thus be welcomed not only by Hobbes scholars, but by all readers interested in a compact and explicit statement of Hobbes's political ideas. This book, in sum, one would be happy to recommend, not only to a scholarly audience but to a more general readership. Silverthorne's translation...allows the full simplicity and power ofHobbes's political ideas come to life." Sixteenth Century Journal

    "The present volume, in the excellent series Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought, provodes a much better translation, along with a scholarly introduction and notes and a useful discussion of key terms in Hobbes's theory. It deserves a wide readership. In these days, when undergraduates increasingly find Leviathan too long and its languge too hard, there is an argument for assigning them this volume instead." Ethics

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    • Date Published: August 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521437806
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 140 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Note on the translation
    Key words
    Principal events in Hobbes's life
    Further reading
    On the Citizen
    Preface to the readers
    1. On the state of man without civil society
    2. On the natural law of contracts
    3. On the other laws of nature
    4. That the natural law is the divine law
    5. On the causes and generation of a commonwealth
    6. On the right of the Assembly of Man, who holds sovereign authority in the commonwealth
    7. On the three kinds of commonwealth
    democracy, aristocracy and monarchy
    8. On the right of masters over slaves
    9. On the rights of parents over children, and on the Patrimonial Kingdom
    10. Comparison of the disadvantages of each of the three kinds of commonwealth
    11. Passages and examples from holy scripture about the right of kingship, which appear to support our account
    12. On the internal causes which tend to dissolve a commonwealth
    13. On the duties of those who exercise sovereign power
    14. On laws and sins
    15. On the kingdom of God by nature
    16. On the kingdom of God by the old agreement
    17. On the kingdom of God by the new agreement
    18. On what is necessary for entry into the Kingdom of heaven

  • Author

    Thomas Hobbes


    Richard Tuck, Harvard University, Massachusetts and Jesus College, Cambridge

    Michael Silverthorne, McGill University, Montréal

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