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Thomas Hobbes and the Political Philosophy of Glory


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: The Political Geometry of Glory

  3. Elements of Political Geometry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Gabriella Slomp
      Pages 11-21
    3. Gabriella Slomp
      Pages 22-30
    4. Gabriella Slomp
      Pages 31-44
    5. Gabriella Slomp
      Pages 45-57
    6. Gabriella Slomp
      Pages 58-73
    7. Gabriella Slomp
      Pages 74-83
    8. Gabriella Slomp
      Pages 84-96
    9. Gabriella Slomp
      Pages 97-107
  4. Theorems of Political Geometry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Gabriella Slomp
      Pages 121-139
    3. Gabriella Slomp
      Pages 140-154
    4. Gabriella Slomp
      Pages 155-173
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 174-194

About this book


Hobbes's philosophical discourse is deconstructed as the interplay of the drama of individual behaviour as perceived by rational agents and the detached analysis of conflict by a political geometer . The author solves some long-standing problems in Hobbesian political philosophy (e.g., the role of glory, Hobbes' pessimism) and shows the consistency of Hobbes' attempt to derive absolutism as the only stable political association. Although based on extensive textual analysis of Hobbes' works and correspondence, the book is an exercise in political philosophy that students will find iconoclastic and experts challenging.


conflict philosophy political philosophy Thomas Hobbes

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of St AndrewsScotland

About the authors

Gabriella Slomp is Lecturer in Political Theory, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Bibliographic information


'This may well be the most impressive new book on Hobbes appearing over the past two decades or more.' - Political Studies