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Three-Text Edition of Thomas Hobbes's Political Theory

Three-Text Edition of Thomas Hobbes's Political Theory
The Elements of Law, De Cive and Leviathan


  • Date Published: May 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107155237

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  • An exciting English-language edition which for the first time presents Thomas Hobbes's masterpiece Leviathan alongside two earlier works, The Elements of Law and De Cive. By arranging the three texts side by side, Baumgold offers readers an enhanced understanding of Hobbes's political theory and addresses an important need within Hobbes scholarship. The parallel presentation highlights substantive connections between the texts and makes it easy to trace the development of Hobbes's thinking. Readers can follow developments both at the 'micro' level of specific arguments and at the 'macro' level of the overall scope and organization of the theory. The volume also includes parallel presentations of Hobbes's chapter outlines, which serve as a key to the texts and are collected in a précis appendix.

    • Presents the three core texts of Hobbes's political theory side by side, facilitating a comparison of arguments
    • Documents the development of Hobbes's thinking both at the 'micro' level of specific arguments and the 'macro' level of broad developments in the scope and organization of his political theory
    • The structure makes it easy to follow alterations and reorganization through the several texts
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This edition constitutes a remarkable undertaking. It has been executed with precision and astute judgement throughout and will prove invaluable for anyone doing serious research on the development of Hobbes's political theory.' Robin Douglass, King's College London

    'Baumgold's arrangement of Hobbes's three major political treatises in parallel columns greatly facilitates our study of the changes in his views over a decade and also the evaluation of claims that those changes were significant. For Hobbes scholars, Baumgold's book is the equivalent of 'Gospel Parallels'.' Al Martinich, Vaughan Centennial Professor in Philosophy, University of Texas, Austin

    'Deborah Baumgold's brilliantly executed parallel-text edition demonstrates her thesis that Hobbes wrote his political theory three times over as the English civil war unfolded, in Elements, De Cive and Leviathan, each for different audiences.' Patricia Springborg, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

    'How did Hobbes compose, think, and rethink his political philosophy? Deborah Baumgold's edition offers new insights and will spur fruitful contributions to our debates for year to come.' Ted H. Miller, University of Alabama

    'That Hobbes wrote three versions of his political theory is widely recognized; that no one has yet published his three key theoretical texts together is remarkable. Baumgold's text thus fills a very important gap in Hobbes scholarship, bringing together The Elements, De Cive, and Leviathan in an accessible, elegant, and precise form. The Three-Text Edition of Thomas Hobbes's Political Theory will be an essential resource for scholars and readers.' Daniel Kapust, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    'Hobbes scholars and students owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Deborah Baumgold for this work, which by mapping the three main versions of Hobbes's political theory onto each other provides an unparalleled resource for comparative study. Three Text Edition of Thomas Hobbes's Political Theory greatly simplifies the challenging task of discerning the evolution of Hobbes's thinking on key topics in his political theory.' S. A. Lloyd, University of Southern California

    'Baumgold (Univ. of Oregon) has done all serious students of Hobbes a great service in editing the Three-Text Edition of Thomas Hobbes's Political Theory … All in all, it is difficult to imagine a more useful resource for the student of Hobbes. Highly Recommended.' M. Harding, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107155237
    • length: 624 pages
    • dimensions: 288 x 220 x 33 mm
    • weight: 1.91kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Editor's introduction
    Note on the texts
    The texts
    1. The Elements of Law, chapter 1
    2. The Elements of Law, chapter 2/Leviathan, chapter 1
    3. The Elements of Law, chapter 3/Leviathan, chapter 2
    4. The Elements of Law, chapter 4/Leviathan, chapter 3
    5. The Elements of Law, chapter 5/Leviathan, chapters 4, 5 (part)
    6. The Elements of Law, chapter 6/Leviathan, chapters 9, 5 (part), 7
    7. The Elements of Law, chapters 7, 9, 12/Leviathan, chapter 6
    8. The Elements of Law, chapter 8/Leviathan, chapter 10
    9. The Elements of Law, chapter 10/Leviathan, chapter 8
    10. The Elements of Law, chapter 11/De Cive, chapter 15 (part)/Leviathan, chapters 11 (part), 12, 34 (part), 33 (part), 31 (part)
    11. The Elements of Law, chapter 13
    12. The Elements of Law, chapter 14/De Cive, chapter 1/Leviathan, chapter 13
    13. The Elements of Law, chapter 15/De Cive, chapter 2/Leviathan, chapter 14
    14. The Elements of Law, chapters 16, 17/De Cive, chapter 3/Leviathan, chapter 15
    15. The Elements of Law, chapter 18/De Cive, chapter 4
    16. The Elements of Law, chapter 19/De Cive, chapter 5/Leviathan, chapter 17
    17. The Elements of Law, chapter 20/De Cive, chapter 6/Leviathan, chapter 18
    18. The Elements of Law, chapters 21, 24/De Cive, chapters 7, 10/Leviathan, chapters 19 (part), 21 (part)
    19. The Elements of Law, chapters 22, 23/De Cive, chapters 8, 9, 11/Leviathan, chapters 20, 21 (part), 19 (part)
    20. The Elements of Law, chapter 27/De Cive, chapter 12/Leviathan, chapter 29
    21. The Elements of Law, chapter 28/De Cive, chapter 13/Leviathan, chapters 30, 21 (part)
    22. The Elements of Law, chapter 29/De Cive, chapter 14/Leviathan, chapter 26
    23. De Cive, chapter 15 (part)/Leviathan, chapter 31 (part)
    24. De Cive, chapter 16 (part)/Leviathan, chapters 35 (part), 40 (part), 42 (part), 36 (part)
    25. The Elements of Law, chapter 26/De Cive, chapters 16 (part), 17/Leviathan, chapters 40 (part), 41, 36 (part), 39, 42 (part)
    26. The Elements of Law, chapter 25/De Cive, chapter 18/Leviathan, chapter 43
    Précis appendix.

  • Editor

    Deborah Baumgold, University of Oregon
    Deborah Baumgold is Professor Emerita of Political Science at the University of Oregon and a member of Wolfson College and Clare Hall of the University of Cambridge. Her previous publications include Hobbes's Political Theory (Cambridge, 1988) and Contract Theory in Historical Context: Essays on Grotius, Hobbes, and Locke (2010). She has been a Visiting Fellow at Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands and Queen Mary University of London.

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