Thomas Hobbes and the Political Philosophy of Glory

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Contents
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS x
ABBREVIATIONS TO HOBBES'S WORKS QUOTED IN THE TEXT xi
INTRODUCTION. THE POLITICAL GEOMETRY OF GLORY 1
PART I. ELEMENTS OF POLITICAL GEOMETRY 9
CHAPTER 1. THE CO-ORDINATES OF MAN: TIME AND SPACE 11
INTRODUCTION 11
1.1 THE POLITICAL APPEAL OF MOTION 13
1.2 THE TIME DIMENSION OF THE MIND 17
1.3 TIME AND POLITICS 19
CHAPTER 2. FATAL EQUALITY 22
INTRODUCTION 22
2.1 EQUALITIES AND DIFFERENCES 23
2.2 HUMAN FRAGILITY 25
2.3 POLITICAL EQUALITY AND SOCIAL INEQUALITY 26
2.4 Is EQUAL DANGEROUSNESS SELF-EVIDENT? 28
CHAPTER 3. THE AXIOM OF GLORY 31
INTRODUCTION 31
3.1 DEFINITIONS OF GLORY 33
3.2 FORMS OF GLORY 34
3.3 VALUE-LOADED AND DESCRIPTIVE TERMS 36
3.4 GLORY AND HONOUR 38
3.5 GLORY AND SELF-PRESERVATION 40
3.6 GLORY AND FELICITY 43
CHAPTER 4. GLORY: PARALLELS AND INTERSECTIONS 45
INTRODUCTION 45
4.1 THE SOURCES OF HOBBESIAN GLORY 45
4.1.1 Aristotle's honour46
4.1.2 Biblical pride47
4.1.3 Aristocratic honour48
4.1.4 Glory and bourgeois greed49
4.1.5 Bacon's Essays 49
4.2 THUCYDIDES AND HOBBES ON GLORY: INFLUENCE OR COINCIDENCE? 51
4.2.1 Glory, honour, and ambition52
4.2.2 Accumulation of wealth and the pursuit of honour54
4.2.3 The lessons of war55
4.2.4 Thucydides' fate and Hobbes 's faith in education56

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