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Modesty: Hobbes on How Mere Mortals can Create a Mortal God

Julie E. Cooper

in Secular Powers: Humility in Modern Political Thought

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226081298
eISBN:
9780226081328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226081328.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter examines Thomas Hobbes’ critique of vainglory, arguing that, to confront challenges posed by pride, Hobbes must cultivate the contrary virtues of modesty and humility. Yet, in a stable ... More


Rhetoric, Modality, Modernity

Nancy S. Struever

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226777481
eISBN:
9780226777504
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226777504.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Since antiquity, philosophy and rhetoric have traditionally been cast as rivals, with the former often lauded as a search for logical truth and the latter usually disparaged as empty speech. But in ... More


The Modernity of Early Modernity

in Rhetoric, Modality, Modernity

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226777481
eISBN:
9780226777504
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226777504.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter makes a case for the modernity of Early Modernity. Thomas Hobbes and Giovanni Battista Vico are secessionist thinkers, seceding from the normative, moralistic, prescriptive program of ... More


Creaturely Origins: Enlightenment Naturalism and the Animal Voice

Tobias Menely

in The Animal Claim: Sensibility and the Creaturely Voice

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780226239255
eISBN:
9780226239422
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226239422.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter discusses the work of three major Enlightenment thinkers of community—Thomas Hobbes, David Hume, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau—focusing on the insistent role of creaturely expression, a ... More


Montesquieu’s Attack on the Political Errors of Hobbes

Vickie B. Sullivan

in Montesquieu and the Despotic Ideas of Europe: An Interpretation of "The Spirit of the Laws"

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226482910
eISBN:
9780226483078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226483078.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

When Montesquieu advances his conception of the state of nature in the first chapters of The Spirit of the Laws, he explicitly rejects Thomas Hobbes’s reasoning regarding the inclinations of ... More


Leviathan, Incorporated

Henry S. Turner

in The Corporate Commonwealth: Pluralism and Political Fictions in England, 1516-1651

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226363356
eISBN:
9780226363493
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226363493.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter draws the book to a close with a detailed exposition of Hobbes’s theory of Leviathan (1651): the myth of the modern State in the guise of a corporate, artificial person. In attempting to ... More


The Extension of the State

Stuart Elden

in The Birth of Territory

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226202563
eISBN:
9780226041285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226041285.003.0010
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This chapter begins with a detailed discussion of some unjustly neglected thinkers of the early seventeenth century whose work was integral to thinking through the political and geographical legacy ... More


Secular Powers: Humility in Modern Political Thought

Julie E. Cooper

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226081298
eISBN:
9780226081328
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226081328.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Genealogies of secularity have long depicted the secular project as one of self-deification – humans attack God’s authority only to usurp God’s place. Against these narratives, this book demonstrates ... More


Geography's English Revolutions: Oxford Geography and the War of Ideas, 1600–1660

Robert J. Mayhew

in Geography and Revolution

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226487335
eISBN:
9780226487359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226487359.003.0009
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Looking back from the 1660s, Thomas Hobbes's history of the “English Revolution,” Behemoth, pointed to the dominant rubric by which geography and the “English Revolution” have been conjoined in ... More


Richard Hooker’s Corporate Christians

Henry S. Turner

in The Corporate Commonwealth: Pluralism and Political Fictions in England, 1516-1651

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226363356
eISBN:
9780226363493
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226363493.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Chapter Three continues the book’s discussion of Elizabethan political philosophy by turning to the period’s most powerful defense of the English Church and English commonwealth as corporations on a ... More


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