Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Johann P. Sommerville
    Pages 1-27
  3. Johann P. Sommerville
    Pages 28-56
  4. Johann P. Sommerville
    Pages 80-104
  5. Johann P. Sommerville
    Pages 105-134
  6. Johann P. Sommerville
    Pages 135-160
  7. Johann P. Sommerville
    Pages 161-167
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 168-234

About this book


Johann Sommerville's is an impeccable textbook. Simply written, it provides exposition of Hobbes' arguments in the context of English and continental thought'. P. Springborg, University of Sydney, Political Studies, Vol. XL1, No 2 6/93 Thomas Hobbes was probably the greatest of British political theorists. Too often commentators have failed to grasp his meaning because they have ignored the historical context in which he wrote. Drawing on much recent scholarship and on many little-known seventeenth century sources, this book presents a lucid and jargon-free examination of Hobbes' arguments, setting them against a background of the ideas of his contemporaries and of the political events of his lifetime. By viewing Hobbes in his context, the book both clarifies his theories and illuminates European thinking at a critical stage in the development of modern political ideas.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Wisconsin-MadisonUSA

About the authors

JOHANN P. SOMMERVILLE is Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a former fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. His previous publications include Politics and Ideology in England, 1603-1640.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Thomas Hobbes
  • Book Subtitle Political Ideas in Historical Context
  • Authors Johann P. Sommerville
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1992
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Religion & Philosophy Collection Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-49598-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-49599-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-22131-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 248
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Intellectual Studies
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