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Taming the Leviathan : the reception of the political and religious ideas of Thomas Hobbes in England, 1640-1700 /
Jon Parkin.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
description
xi, 449 p.
ISBN
0521877350 (hardback : alk. paper), 9780521877350 (hardback : alk. paper)
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
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0521877350 (hardback : alk. paper)
9780521877350 (hardback : alk. paper)
contents note
Reading Hobbes before Leviathan, 1640-1651 -- Leviathan, 1651-1654 -- The storm, 1654-1658 -- Restoration, 1658-1666 -- Hobbes and hobbism, 1666-1675 -- Hobbes and the restoration crisis, 1675-85 -- Hobbism in the glorious revolution, 1685-1700.
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6211676
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-02-01:
Parkin (Univ. of York, UK) has written the definitive study of the reception of Hobbes's political and religious writings. Tracking responses to Hobbes through books, pamphlets, sermons, unpublished manuscripts, and letters, Parkin demonstrates two important results. The first is that Hobbes was used to both support and undermine almost all political and religious factions that contended for power between the English Civil War and the Glorious Revolution. The second is that, at some time or another, "Hobbes's arguments could be publicly condemned by all parties, but at the same time used to further each of their agendas." Indeed, even when Hobbes was silenced, the drumbeat of his critics, especially of clerics in the universities, pounded his ideas more deeply into the intellectual culture. Parkin's book nicely complements Jeffrey Collins's The Allegiance of Thomas Hobbes (2005), which traces the changes in Hobbes's own religious, philosophical, and political teachings in response to the rapid shifts in politico-religious power. With the addition of Noel Malcolm, Aspects of Hobbes (2002), we now have Hobbes firmly situated in British and European religious, philosophical, scientific, political, and university life. Let the revisions begin. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. E. J. Eisenach emeritus, University of Tulsa
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Review of the hardback: 'Parkin, who has consulted and examined a wide variety of manuscript sources - sermons, poems and even plays - presents his elegantly written account of 'Anglican Hobbism' ... with great expertise and skill and with an always entertaining portion of laconic humour.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Review of the hardback: 'This is a substantial contribution to our fuller understanding of Hobbes and his political thought ...' Contemporary Review
'Parkin's substantial monograph, developing his succinct account in the Cambridge Companion, explores with meticulous and erudite detail the reception of Hobbes' political and religious writings and polemic in the half century of so up until the 1700s … ' British Journal for the History of Philosophy
'Parkin, who has consulted and examined a wide variety of manuscript sources - sermons, poems and even plays - presents his elegantly written account of 'Anglican Hobbism' ... with great expertise and skill and with an always entertaining portion of laconic humour.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Review of the hardback: 'Jon Parkin retells this mocking satire with noticeable gusto in his Taming the Leviathan, a comprehensive and well-argued survey of the reception of Hobbes in England ... Parkin overall stresses the English case in all its splendid isolation. ... the work stands out as an excellent contribution to the subdiscipline of the history of reading and it will prove to be very useful for historians of political thought and to reception theorists.' Review of Politics
'Jon Parkin retells this mocking satire with noticeable gusto in his Taming the Leviathan, a comprehensive and well-argued survey of the reception of Hobbes in England ... Parkin overall stresses the English case in all its splendid isolation. ... the work stands out as an excellent contribution to the subdiscipline of the history of reading and it will prove to be very useful for historians of political thought and to reception theorists.' Review of Politics
'This is a substantial contribution to our fuller understanding of Hobbes and his political thought ...' Contemporary Review
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Parkin presents a wide-ranging study of the English reception of Hobbes's political and religious ideas. 'Taming the Leviathan' significantly revises our understanding of the role of Hobbes and Hobbism in 17th century England.
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Hobbes is widely acknowledged to be the most important political philosopher to have written in English. Taming the Leviathan is a wide-ranging study of the English reception of Hobbes's political and religious ideas, tracing the fate of his texts and the development of his controversial reputation during the seventeenth century.
Main Description
Thomas Hobbes is widely acknowledged as the most important political philosopher to have written in English. Originally published in 2007, Taming the Leviathan is a wide-ranging study of the English reception of Hobbes's ideas. In the first book-length treatment of the topic for over forty years, Jon Parkin follows the fate of Hobbes's texts (particularly Leviathan) and the development of his controversial reputation during the seventeenth century, revealing the stakes in the critical discussion of the philosopher and his ideas. Revising the traditional view that Hobbes was simply rejected by his contemporaries, Parkin demonstrates that Hobbes's work was too useful for them to ignore, but too radical to leave unchallenged. His texts therefore had to be controlled, their lessons absorbed and their author discredited. In other words the Leviathan had to be tamed. Taming the Leviathan significantly revised our understanding of the role of Hobbes and Hobbism in seventeenth-century England.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Reading Hobbes before Leviathan, 1640û1651
Leviathan 1651û1654
The storm 1654û1658
Restoration 1658û1666
Hobbes and Hobbism 1666-1675
Hobbes and the Restoration Crisis 1675û1685
Hobbism in the Glorious Revolution 1685û1700
Conclusion
Bibliography
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