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Hobbes and Modern Political Thought

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2019.04.36 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Yves Charles Zarka, Hobbes and Modern Political Thought, James Griffith (tr.), Edinburgh University Press, 2018, 257pp., $39.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781474433464. Reviewed by Ioannis D. Evrigenis, Tufts University As Thomas Hobbes welcomes the reader to Leviathan, he signals his intention to highlight the perils and promise of the meaning of words. In one striking early example, he notes that the purpose of reading his book is to teach one how to read human beings, beginning with oneself. Taking issue with those who overuse but fail to grasp the importance of "nosce teipsum," Hobbes takes the liberty of translating the command as "read thyself," before moving on to pronounce the reading of mankind an activity "harder than to learn any Language, or Science." Heeding the call to focus on the reading of both books and human beings, commentators have devoted considerable attention to that aspect of Hobbes's political theory,... Read More

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