Thomas Hobbes and the Political Philosophy of Glory

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Introduction. The Political Geometry of Glory (pp. 1-8)
1
Quentin Skinner, Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
2
Elements of Law, 68.
3
Correspondence II, letter 197, from Hobbes to Wood ( 1674), 747.
4
Quentin Skinner, Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes, 426.
5
Quentin Skinner, Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes, 351.
6
Michael Oakeshott, 'Introduction to Leviathan', in Rationalism in politics and other essays. ( Indianapolis: Liberty Press, 1991), 245-6.
7
Preston King, personal correspondence.
8
F. S. McNeilly, The Anatomy of Leviathan. ( London: Macmillan, 1968), see especially Chapter 6.

Chapter 1. The Co-ordinates of Man: Time and Space (pp. 11-21)
1
On this, see John Watkins, Hobbes's System of Ideas: A Study in the Political Significance of Philosophical Theories, 2nd ed. ( London: Hutchinson, 1973), pp. 34-42.
2
It may be recalled that Harvey had been taught by Galileo in Padua.
3
For a survey of the reactions of Hobbes's contemporaries to his theories, see, for example, Samuel I. Mintz, The Hunting of Leviathan, ( Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1962).
4
In 1936 Leo Strauss, for example, in the preface to The Political Philosophy of Hobbes. Its basis and its genesis. ( Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1963; first published in 1936), makes clear that the 'particular object' of his study is to show 'that the real basis of Hobbes's political philosophy is not modern science' (p. ix). In ' "The Ethical Doctrine of Hobbes"', Philosophy, 13 ( 1938) 406-24, A. E. Taylor, too, contends that Hobbes's ethical theory is 'disengaged' from the rest of his philosophy 'with which it has no logically necessary connection', 408. In a similar vein, Howard Warrender in The Political Philosophy of Hobbes. His theory of Obligation. ( Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1970, first published 1957), argues that if in fact Hobbes wanted to derive his moral theory from an empirical theory 'he must be held to have failed in his main enterprise' (p. 6), because, despite Hobbes's claims to the contrary, his political theory is completely unrelated to his natural science.
5
The scholarship on motion has shown little interest in Chapter XI of De Corpore (vol. I of The English Works of Thomas Hobbes, Molesworth edition, London: John Bohn, 1839). A typical sentiment is expressed by Brandt who, referring to this chapter, writes: 'Here Hobbes defines the

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