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The Cambridge Companion to Hobbes's <I>Leviathan</I>
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This Companion makes a new departure in Hobbes scholarship, addressing a philosopher whose impact was as great on Continental European theories of state and legal systems as it was at home. This volume is a systematic attempt to incorporate work from both the Anglophone and Continental traditions, bringing together newly commissioned work by scholars from ten different countries in a topic-by-topic sequence of essays that follows the structure of Leviathan, re-examining the relationship among Hobbes's physics, metaphysics, politics, psychology, and religion. Collectively they showcase important revisionist scholarship that re-examines both the context for Leviathan and its reception, demonstrating the degree to which Hobbes was indebted to the long tradition of European humanist thought. This Cambridge Companion shows that Hobbes's legacy was never lost and that he belongs to a tradition of reflection on political theory and governance that is still alive, both in Europe and in the diaspora.

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'These papers herald a new era in Hobbesian studies.'

Source: Contemporary Review

'This collection, bringing together many distinguished historians of ideas from around the globe, will no doubt be the first port of call for those students and scholars new to Hobbes' greatest work.'

Source: British Journal for the History of Philosophy

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