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Hobbes on Politics and Religion

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2019.04.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Laurens van Apeldoorn and Robin Douglass (eds.), Hobbes on Politics and Religion, Oxford University Press, 2018, 297pp., $70.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198803409. Reviewed by Stewart Duncan, University of Florida Hobbes's political thought is well known. His discussions of religious issues, such as those in part 3 of Leviathan, tend to attract less attention. But those discussions were clearly of some importance to Hobbes -- thus all the space they occupy in Leviathan -- and interact in complex ways with his political thought. This volume aims to look at those interactions, and at "Hobbes's religious politics, rather than his own religious beliefs, or lack thereof" (4). In their introduction, the editors quote A. P. Martinich remarking that "most Hobbes scholars are secularists" (4), and noting the consequences of this for the way people write about Hobbes. It's definitely positive to have people writing about the... Read More

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