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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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In Leviathan, Hobbes outlines the concept of the ‘Kingdome of God by Nature’ or ‘Naturall Kingdome of God’, terms rarely found in English texts at the time. This article traces the concept back to the Catechism of the Council of Trent (1566), which sets forth a threefold understanding of God’s kingdom – the kingdoms of nature, grace, and glory – none of which refer to civil commonwealths on earth. Hobbes abandons this Catholic typology and transforms the concept of the natural kingdom of God to advance a claim often missed by his interpreters: Leviathan-states are the manifestation of a real, not metaphorical, kingdom of God. This argument plays a key role in Leviathan, which identifies the kingdom of God as the Christian doctrine most subject to abuse. Hobbes harshly criticizes Catholic and Presbyterian clergy for claiming to represent God’s kingdom. This claim, he argues, comes with the subversive implication that the church possesses spiritual and temporal authority, and caused great turmoil during the English Civil War. As an alternative, Hobbes points to civil commonwealths as the manifestation of God’s natural kingdom, which is the only form his kingdom currently takes.
A new article addressing the problem of the power seeker and the role of honor in Hobbes’s political philosophy.
Workshop on “Hobbes & Gender” – short summary.
Focusing on Hobbes’s construction of the mother–child relationship, this article suggests that the subjugation of the mother to the father epitomizes the neutralization of the ancient principle of ‘governance’, which he replaces with a novel concept of ‘power’ as formally authorized command.
New book by Kody W. Cooper challenging an interpretation of Hobbes as advancing a moral and political theory that is antithetical to classical natural law theory.
New book by Timothy Raylor reexamining philosophy and rhetoric in Thomas Hobbes.
In this recently published book Paul Sagar offers an account of Hobbes’s state theory to demonstrate how David Hume and Adam Smith constructed their own theories of state as alternatives.
A new article by Nicolas Higgins examining Hobbes’s use of religious rhetoric.
New article by Andrew Kenneth Day on Hobbes’s changing ecclesiology considering De Cive and Leviathan.
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