Jerónimo Rilla argues that Hobbes’s notion of the State draws influence from what classic rhetoricians called prosopopoeia.
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Alexandra Chadwick and Signy Gunick Allen, PhD students at Queen Mary, University of London, are publication officers of the European Hobbes Society.
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Ioannis D. Evrigenis argues that Hobbes’s account of self-interest and risk assessment formed the basis of a powerful argument for the benefits of negative appeals.
By means of careful analysis of relevant writings by Hobbes, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, and Marx, David James argues that the concept of practical necessity is key to understanding the emergence of the conditions of a free society in terms of a historical process that is initially governed by practical necessity.
In this article Jerónimo Rilla demonstrates that the Hobbesian person’s genuinely natural feature is the human body, understood not as a physio-biological object, but as the ultimate responsibility locus of the person’s performance.
R.J.G. Claassen draws upon Hobbes to show how concession theory can accommodate private initiative and economic analysis, and thus be a relevant position in the debate about the modern business corporation.
Contains pieces on “Political, Sociological and Economistic Ways of Avoiding a State of Nature”, “Hobbes’s Strategy of Convergence”, and the “Use and Abuse of Imagination in Leviathan”
In this paper, Christopher Bobier argues for a non‐cognitive reading of Hobbesian Passions according to which a passion is an appetite or aversion caused by, but distinct from, an imagination of a future good or harm.
Sandra Leonie Field argues that for both Hobbes and Spinoza, conscious institutional design is required in order for true popular power (potentia) to be achieved. Between Hobbes’ commitment to repressing private power and Spinoza’s exploration of civic strengthening, Field provides a new lens for thinking about the risks and promise of democracy.
The book argues that Hobbes’ idea of the state offers a far richer and more realistic conception of state responsibility than the theories prevalent today, and demonstrates that Hobbes’ Leviathan is much more than an anthropomorphic “artificial man.”
Drawing on evidence from across Hobbes’s works, and in particular from an understudied discussion of “Vespasian’s law” in the Six Lessons, Zachariah Black argues that Hobbes models the discrete use of humorous rhetoric in defense of peace.
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