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p. 1043. Interpretations of Hobbeslocked

  • Richard Tuck

Abstract

Hobbes naturally played a part in the construction of subsequent philosophies, but his importance for later philosophers has fluctuated. ‘Interpretations of Hobbes’ surveys the most important interpretations of his ideas since his death and compares these post-Hobbesian interpretations with Hobbes's work during his lifetime. In the later 17th and early 18th centuries, there were many attempts to write histories of modern philosophy. This new development signalled that something special and new was happening in the intellectual world. What impact did Hobbes have on philosophers of the 20th century? How is Hobbes viewed today? Moving into a world where scepticism has more appeal than Kant's ‘moral law’, the writings of post-sceptics will be of more interest.

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