Thomas Hobbes Further Reading

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(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

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Hinnant, Charles H. Thomas Hobbes: A Reference Guide. Boston: G. K. Hall & Co., 1980, 275 p.

Lists editions of Hobbes's writings and annotates works about Hobbes published in English, Latin, French, and German between 1679 and 1976.


Hobbes, Thomas. "The Life of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury." Translation of "Thomæ Hobbessii Malmesburiensis Vita. Authore Seipso" (1679) by J. E. Parsons, Jr., and Whitney Blair. Interpretation 10, No. 1 (January 1982): 1-7.

Account of Hobbes's life, originally written and published in Latin verse when he was eighty-four.


Baumgold, Deborah. "Hobbes's Political Sensibility: The Menace of Political Ambition." In Thomas Hobbes and Political Theory, edited by Mary G. Dietz, pp. 74-90. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1990.

Identifies the elite's desire for power as central to Hobbes's political theories, and discusses Hobbes's views on the causes of civil war.

Brown, K. C., ed. Hobbes Studies. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1965, 300 p.

Wide-ranging collection of post-World War II essays.

Dietz, Mary G., ed. Thomas Hobbes and Political Theory. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1990, 211 p.

Collection of essays that focuse on Hobbes's political ideas.

Gauthier, David P. The Logic of Leviathan: The Moral and Political Theory of Thomas Hobbes. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1969, 217 p.

Incorporates "games theory" and the "Prisoners' Dilemma" in analysis of Hobbes's state of nature and natural law.

——. "Hobbes's Social Contract." In Perspectives on Thomas Hobbes, edited by G. A. J. Rogers and Alan Ryan, pp. 125-52. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988.

Analyzes problematic aspects of Hobbes's social contract argument.

Hampton, Jean. Hobbes and the Social Contract Tradition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986, 299 p.

Attempts to rethink and restate Hobbes's political argument in order to understand its failings.

Hinnant, Charles H. "Leviathan." In his Thomas Hobbes, pp. 96-131. Boston: G. K. Hall & Co., 1977.

Compares and contrasts Leviathan with Hobbes's earlier work, particularly The Elements of Law.

Kavka, Gregory S. Hobbesian Moral and Political Theory. Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University Press, 1986, 460 p.

With Leviathan as its source, examines morality in its relationship to self-interest, emphasizing that Hobbes writes of a limited morality of minimal standards of conduct.

Kraus, Jody S. The Limits of Hobbesian Contractarianism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993, 334 p.

Critiques the views of Hobbes's contract expounded by Jean Hampton, Gregory Kavka, and David Gauthier.

Laird, John. Hobbes. 1934. Reprint. New York: Russell & Russell, 1968, 324 p.

Discusses Hobbes's life, philosophy, and influence.

Macpherson, C. B. The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism: Hobbes to Locke. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1962, 310 p.

Study of the theory of political obligation.

Mintz, Samuel I. The Hunting of Leviathan: Seventeenth-Century Reactions to the Materialism and Moral Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1962, 189 p.

Examines contemporary English criticism of the "Monster of Malmesbury."

Oakeshott, Michael. "The Moral Life in the Writings of Thomas Hobbes." In his Rationalism in Politics, pp. 248-300. London: Methuen & Co Ltd, 1962.

Examines assorted interpretations of Hobbes and the contradictions that result.

Peters, Richard. Hobbes. 1956. Reprint. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1979, 271 p.

Critically acclaimed, comprehensive study by an important Hobbes scholar.

Pocock, J. G. A. "Time, History and Eschatology in the Thought of Thomas Hobbes." In his Politics, Language and Time: Essays on Political Thought and History, pp. 148-201. New York: Atheneum, 1973.

Analyzes the apocalyptic in Hobbes's theology.

Robertson, George Croom. "The 'System' and 'Anti-Hobbes'." In

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