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Thomas Hobbes: The Unity of Scientific and Moral Wisdom

Herbert, Gary B.

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ISBN 10: 0774803150 / ISBN 13: 9780774803151
Published by University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, BC, 1989
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201 pp. Tightly bound. Corners not bumped. Text is free of markings. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 009327

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Title: Thomas Hobbes: The Unity of Scientific and ...

Publisher: University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, BC

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good Plus

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There can be no doubt that Thomas Hobbes intended to create a complete philosophical system. In recent years, piecemeal analysis has ignored that intention and reduced his philosophy to an unsystematic jumble of irreconcilable parts. It is generally believed that Hobbes's mechanistic physics is at odds with his notorious egoistic psychology, and that the latter cannot support his prescriptive moral theory. In this book Gary B. Herbert sets forth an entirely new interpretation of Hobbes's philosophy that takes seriously Hobbes's original systematic intention.


Herbert deals with complex and difficult concepts with ease, and helps to clarify ideas that are rather intimidating to the non-specialist in Hobbes studies. The chapters explaining how Hobbes' theory of physics fits in with the history of ideas is very valuable ... this interesting book will give students of political philosophy a chance to reconsider (and learn a great deal about) an aspect of Hobbes' thought many of us have found convenient to ignore.
- Don Desserud, The Canadian Journal of Political Science

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