Thursday, May 08, 2008

Sreedhar, Susanne. "Review of Patricia Springborg, ed. CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO HOBBES' LEVIATHAN." NDPR May 7, 2008.

Springborg, Patricia, ed. Cambridge Companion to Hobbes's Leviathan. Cambridge: CUP, 2007. The 350th anniversary of the publication of Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan has occasioned a number of critical anthologies. In the space of three years, four such collections have appeared; The Cambridge Companion to Hobbes's Leviathan is the latest. Given this recent flurry of publications, one might wonder what niche another volume could fill. In answer to such a question, Patricia Springborg, the editor, identifies three deficiencies in the existing literature on Leviathan: a general lack of attention to the context in which Hobbes wrote, a pronounced tendency to ignore the second half of Leviathan. and an unfortunate separation between the Anglophone and Continental traditions of Hobbes scholarship. With this Cambridge Companion, Springborg hopes to redress these deficiencies by collecting essays that address Hobbes's theology and ecclesiology, provide a historical context for Hobbes's views, and focus on the significance of Leviathan for continental political thought. The volume is divided into five sections: four that parallel the four parts of Leviathan ('Of Man', 'Of Commonwealth', 'Of a Christian Commonwealth', and 'Of the Kingdom of Darkness'), and a fifth focusing on its reception. . . . Read the rest here:

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