- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (December 16, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521817005
- ISBN-13: 978-0521817004
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,380,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hobbes, Locke, and Confusion's Masterpiece: An Examination of Seventeenth-Century Political Philosophy
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"Harrison's analysis is clear and his vernacular style is put to good use, facilitating a forward-looking dialogue with these past thinkers.... He demonstrates great critical acumen.... Recommended." Choice
"This is a highly stimulating, even exciting addition to Hobbes and Locke studies." Philosophy in Review
"The argument is sophisticated; the focus tightly maintained; and the prose lucid" Seventeenth Century Journal S.-J Savonius, University of Cambridge
In this major study of the foundations of modern political theory the eminent political philosopher T.R. Harrison explains, analyzes, and criticizes the work of Hobbes, Locke, and their contemporaries. He provides a full account of the turbulent historical background that shaped the political, intellectual, and religious content of this philosophy. The book explores such questions as the limits of political authority and the relation of the legitimacy of government to the will of its people in non-technical, accessible prose that will appeal to students of philosophy, politics, theology and history.
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Locke and others of the 16th and 17th centuries.
I liked the diachronic aspect of the book;
Harrison is particularly sensitive to the historical
context in which these works emerged. On reading
this book I, for the first time, came to understand and
appreciate these writers, and the intellectual and
political challenges they faced.
For someone who is interested in political philosophy or in
the works of Hobbes and Locke I recommend this book.