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Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau$
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John Plamenatz, Mark Philp, and Zbigniew Pelczynski

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199645060

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645060.001.0001

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Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau

Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau

Introductory Lecture

(p.1) Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau
Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau

Mark Philp

Z. A. Pelczynski

Oxford University Press

The introduction discusses the background to the lectures and Plamenatz’s understanding of the nature of political theory. This is followed by a section each on Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau, identifying current trends in contemporary scholarship in relation to each thinker, in particular identifying areas that are especially relevant to the interests that animated Plamenatz in his work.

Keywords:   political theory, political philosophy, Machiavelli, virtue, evil, liberty, freedom, Hobbes, natural law, Rousseau

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