A Critical Modern Edition of Newly Identified Work of the Young Hobbes
Saxonhouse and Reynolds present the complete texts of the discourse with full annotations and modernized spellings. These are followed by a lengthy essay analyzing the pieces' significance for Hobbes's intellectual development and modern political thought more generally. The discourses provide the strongest evidence to date for the profound influences of Bacon and Machiavelli on the young Hobbes, and they add a new dimension to the much-debated impact of the scientific method on his thought. The book also contains both introductory and in-depth explanations of statistical "wordprinting."
Pt. 1: Hobbes and the Horae Subsecivae
Pt. 2: Three Discourses by Thomas Hobbes
Pt. 3: Hobbes and the Beginnings of Modern Political Thought
Pt. 4: Statistical Wordprinting