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Thomas Hobbes and the Politics of Natural Philosophy by Stephen J. Finn

Thomas Hobbes and the Politics of Natural Philosophy

Part of the Continuum Studies in British Philosophy Series


Thomas Hobbes and the Politics of Natural Philosophy by Stephen J. Finn

In 1625, Charles I inherited not only his father's crown, but also his desire to run the country without interference from Parliament. But many members of Parliament opposed the King on issues of taxation, religion and the royal prerogative. It was in this historical context that Hobbes presented a political philosophy that, at least in his opinion, achieved the status of a science, in a nation that was 'boiling hot with questions concerning the rights of dominion and the obedience due from subjects'. In this important new book, Stephen J. Finn argues that, contrary to the traditional interpretation, Hobbes's political views influence his theoretical and natural philosophy and not the other way about. Such an interpretation, it is argued, provides a better appreciation of Hobbes's writings, both philosophical and political.


'This work by Stephen Finn turns Hobbes scholarship on its head by arguing that Hobbes's natural philosophy is best understood as a development and elaboration of his political philosophy and not the other way around... Hobbes scholars will find this book penetrating and insightful, even if they disagree with the conclusions of the author. I believe this work is one of the most in-depth studies of Hobbes's thought available in the English speaking world today.'
James J. McCartney, Villanova University, PA

About the Author

Stephen J. Finn teaches philosophy at Seattle University. His publications include journal articles on Ockham and on Hobbes.

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Publication date

4th June 2004


Stephen J. Finn

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


206 pages


Political science & theory



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