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Images of Anarchy
The Rhetoric and Science in Hobbes's State of Nature

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  • Date Published: April 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316608005

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  • Hobbes's concept of the natural condition of mankind became an inescapable point of reference for subsequent political thought, shaping the theories of emulators and critics alike, and has had a profound impact on our understanding of human nature, anarchy, and international relations. Yet, despite Hobbes's insistence on precision, the state of nature is an elusive concept. Has it ever existed and, if so, for whom? Hobbes offered several answers to these questions, which taken together reveal a consistent strategy aimed at providing his readers with a possible, probable, and memorable account of the consequences of disobedience. This book examines the development of this powerful image throughout Hobbes's works, and traces its origins in his sources of inspiration. The resulting trajectory of the state of nature illuminates the ways in which Hobbes employed a rhetoric of science and a science of rhetoric in his relentless pursuit of peace.

    • Provides a comprehensive examination of the development of Hobbes's influential concept of the state of nature
    • Reassesses the roles of rhetoric and science in the development of Hobbes's method and political philosophy
    • Sheds new light on Hobbes's sources of inspiration
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    "[Evrigenis'] command of the relevant texts and of their scholarly interpretations is unsurpassed, and he engages with both in subtle ways … [His] book, complemented by fourteen full-page illustrations, is the best sustained treatment of Hobbes' concept of the state of nature and will be essential reading for Hobbes scholars, who will find his reasoning and conclusions challenging and thought-provoking."
    A. P. Martinich, The American Historical Review

    "[Evrigenis'] book is organised in four parts, and every part is a source of insightful observations and comments that can stimulate the imagination of the historian, the philosopher, the political theorist, the expert of English literature, the established academic as well as the young undergraduate. The analysis is inventive, authoritative, and inspiring."
    Gabriella Slomp, The Seventeenth Century

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316608005
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue
    Part I. A Græcian:
    1. Politic historiography
    2. Winning belief in the hearer
    Part II. A Devotion to Peace:
    3. Unobjectionable foundations: the elements of law, natural and politic
    4. The birth of civil philosophy: De Cive
    5. Reason of state: Leviathan
    Part III. Images 'Historical or Fabulous':
    6. Lapse and relapse, or, the first rebellion
    7. Another scripture
    8. America
    Part IV. A Science of Rhetoric:
    9. All things to all people
    Epilogue.

  • Author

    Ioannis D. Evrigenis, Tufts University, Massachusetts
    Ioannis D. Evrigenis is Associate Professor Political Science, with a secondary appointment in Classics, at Tufts University, Massachusetts, where he directs the Bodin Project. He is the author of Fear of Enemies and Collective Action, which received the Delba Winthrop Award for Excellence in Political Science, and coeditor of Herder's Another Philosophy of History and Selected Political Writings.

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