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Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau

John Plamenatz, Mark Philp, and Zbigniew Pelczynski

Abstract

This book’s chapters present a series of lectures which John Plamenatz wrote but was unable to deliver in Cambridge in 1975. The chapters cover the political thought of Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau, in each case combining textual analysis and argument and using the texts as a springboard for discussion of issues that remain central to the way in which we think of politics, especially concerning the relationship between morality and politics, the character of natural law, the nature of sovereignty, the place of religion in the state, and the links between the psychological, the social, and ... More

Keywords: Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, moralism, politics, ethics, contract, obligation, sovereignty, law, state of nature, natural law, social contract, education, religion, history of political thought, political theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199645060
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645060.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Plamenatz, author
Formerly University of Oxford

Mark Philp, editor
University of Oxford

Zbigniew Pelczynski, editor
University of Oxford, Emeritus

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Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau

Mark Philp, and Z. A. Pelczynski

Part One Machiavelli

1 The Morally Neutral Political Scientist

Mark Philp, and Z. A. Pelczynski

2 Virtue and the Double Standard

Mark Philp, and Z. A. Pelczynski

3 Republics and Freedom

Mark Philp, and Z. A. Pelczynski

4 Machiavelli: an Egalitarian?

Mark Philp, and Z. A. Pelczynski

Part Two Hobbes

7 Obligation, Law, and Covenant I

Mark Philp, and Z. A. Pelczynski

8 Obligation, Law, and Covenant II

Mark Philp, and Z. A. Pelczynski

9 Sovereign Authority and the Right of Resistance I

Mark Philp, and Z. A. Pelczynski

Part Three Rousseau

12 Rousseau’s Conception of Freedom

Mark Philp, and Z. A. Pelczynski

13 Inequality: Its Origins and Effects

Mark Philp, and Z. A. Pelczynski

15 Reason, Freedom, and Justice

Mark Philp, and Z. A. Pelczynski

16 The Sovereign People, the Law, and the Citizen

Mark Philp, and Z. A. Pelczynski

17 The Community and the Citizen

Mark Philp, and Z. A. Pelczynski