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Two principal issues interact and overlap in this penetrating analysis: the relationship between Hobbes’ natural philosophy and his civil philosophy, and the relationship between Hobbes’ thought and the Aristotelian world view that constituted the philosophical orthodoxy he rejected.

On the first point Thomas A. Spragens Jr. argues that Hobbes’ political ideas were in fact significantly influenced by his cosmological perceptions, although they were not, and could not have been, completely derived from that source. On the second, the author demonstrates that Hobbes undertook a highly systematic transformation of Aristotelian cosmology: he borrowed the form of the Aristotelian cosmology, but radically refashioned its substance to accommodate the discoveries of contemporaries such as Galileo.

Thomas A. Spragens Jr. is assistant professor of political science at Duke University.

"The author’s learning is both deep and broad, and his insights into many matters startingly penetrating. This appears to me to be a permanent contribution to the analysis of political theory."—Russell Kirk

Publication Date

1973

Publisher

The University Press of Kentucky

Place of Publication

Lexington, KY

ISBN

9780813154671

eISBN

9780813164526

Keywords

Thomas Hobbes, Cosmology

Disciplines

Philosophy

Notes

Foreword by Antony Flew

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