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The Political Philosophy of Hobbes

Its Basis and Its Genesis

Translated from the German Manuscript by Elsa M. Sinclair
In this classic analysis, Leo Strauss pinpoints what is original and innovative in the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. He argues that Hobbes’s ideas arose not from tradition or science but from his own deep knowledge and experience of human nature. Tracing the development of Hobbes’s moral doctrine from his early writings to his major work The Leviathan, Strauss explains contradictions in the body of Hobbes’s work and discovers startling connections between Hobbes and the thought of Plato, Thucydides, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, and Hegel.

190 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1952

Philosophy: History and Classic Works

Political Science: Classic Political Thought

Table of Contents

I: Introduction
II: The Moral Basis
III: Aristotelianism
IV: Aristocratic Virtue
V: The State and Religion
VI: History
VII: The New Morality
VIII: The New Political Science

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