Hobbes: A Very Short Introduction
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"Review from previous edition "lucid introduction to the first great English political philosopher."--The Times
About the Author
Richard Tuck is Professor of Government at Harvard University. He is the author of Natural Rights Theories (1979) and Philosophy and Government 1572-1651 (1993), and has produced editions of Hobbes's Leviathan and (with Michael Silverthorne) De Cive.
- Publisher : Oxford University Press (August 29, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0192802550
- ISBN-13 : 978-0192802552
- Lexile measure : 1460L
- Item Weight : 5 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.02 x 4.52 x 0.42 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Professor Yehezkel Dror
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
What Richard Tuck does well in this book is to locate Hobbes within a larger philosophical context which explores in intricate detail Hobbes's biography. Attention is given to Hobbes's metaphysics, a point often overlooked in introductory remarks on Hobbes's theory. All in all this makes the book very informative.
The drawback here is that Tuck has written the book with so much thorough attention given to background and context that it feels as though the meat of Hobbes's philosophy gets lost in translation. Sure, Tuck offers up plenty of reflection on philosophy, but it feels like Hobbes's philosophy isn't the focal point of the book, which makes this read a bit unusual.
That said, the good nevertheless outweighs the bad, and I'd recommend this little book to anyone looking to learn more about this important figure.