There is no more analyzed image in the history of political thought than the frontispiece of Hobbes’s Leviathan (1651), yet the tiny figures making up the giant have largely escaped scholarly attention. So, too, have their hats. This article recovers what men’s failure to “doff and don” their hats in the frontispiece might have conveyed to readers about their relationship to the Sovereign and each other. Sometimes big ideas—about the nature of representation, for example, or how to “acknowledge” equality—are conveyed by small gestures. When situated textually and contextually, Hobbes’s hats shed important light on the micropolitics of everyday interaction for those who, like Hobbes himself, hope to securely constitute a society of equals.
- Ben Jones and Manshu Tian: Hobbes’s Lesser Evil Argument for Political Authority p. 115
- Jonah Miller: Hobbes on Public Ministers p. 135
- Laetitia Ramelet: Hobbes and the Indirect Workings of Political Consent p. 155
- Elad Carmel: A Commonwealth for Galileo p. 176
- Luc Foisneau: Johnston, David, ed., Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes p. 201
- Paige Digeser: Slomp, Gabriella. Hobbes Against Friendship: The Modern Marginalisation of an Ancient Political Concept p. 206
- S.A. Lloyd: A.P. Martinich, Hobbes’s Political Philosophy: Interpretation and Interpretations p. 212
- Peter Schröder: Yahyaoui Krivenko, Ekaterina. Space and Fates of International Law: Between Leibniz and Hobbes p. 219
This book explores why and how Thomas Hobbes – the 17th century founder of political science – contributed to the modern marginalisation of ‘friendship’, a concept that stood in the foreground of ancient moral and political thought and that is currently undergoing a revival. The study shows that Hobbes did not question the occurrence of friendship; rather, he rejected friendship as an explanatory and normative principle of peace and cooperation. Hobbes’s stance was influential because it captured the spirit of modernity- its individualism, nominalism, practical scepticism, and materialism. Hobbes’s legacy has a bearing on contemporary debates about civic, international and global friendship.
European Hobbes Society
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