Category Archives: Thomas Hobbes

Gary Shapiro in conversation with Babette Babich

Gary Shapiro in conversation with Babette Babich – watch it here. The discussion ranges from Nietzsche to Hobbes, the nature of analytic philosophy, publishing, boundary 2, St. Paul, etc.

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John Plamenatz, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau

Almost forty years after they were intended to be delivered, John Plamenatz’s lectures on Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau have been published. They are reviewed at NDPR by Jeffrey Collins. The review doubts their worth today, but in doing so provides an interesting discussion … Continue reading

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Talking about Nigeria in Turkey

Today I gave a talk entitled “Nigeria’s War on Terror: The Geopolitics of Boko Haram”, to the Political Science & International Relations Academic Fellowship Program Discipline Group meeting. This is a programme run by the Open Society Institute, and this … Continue reading

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Reading the Classics of Western Philosophy

List below and survey here. The queston asked is how many of these have you read. And the whole of these books, not some, not an abbreviated form. I’m claiming 18 of these, and bits, sometimes substantial, of others. Never read any Sidgwick, Moore, … Continue reading

Posted in Baruch Spinoza, Books, Friedrich Nietzsche, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Graham Harman, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Jean-Paul Sartre, John Locke, Karl Marx, Martin Heidegger, René Descartes, Thomas Hobbes, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Political Theology and Early Modernity

Interesting looking collection edited by Graham Hammill and Julia Reinhard Lupton, with a postface by Etienne Balibar. Political theology is a distinctly modern problem, one that takes shape in some of the most important theoretical writings of the twentieth and … Continue reading

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Graham replies to my post on intellectual generosity here, and his slight disagreement with me is well taken. I suppose translation of the sort Graham has done, or I’ve done with Lefebvre (or to a much lesser extent with Foucault) is … Continue reading

Posted in Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Henri Lefebvre, Karl Marx, Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault, Thomas Hobbes | Leave a comment

Chapter Nine

Chapter Nine is now done. This is the last chapter of the book, which means I’ve now worked through all the chapters in the revision I’ve done while in Seattle. I leave tomorrow. I’ve posted quite a bit about this … Continue reading

Posted in Andreas Knichen, Bogislaw Philipp von Chemnitz, George Lawson, Gottfried Leibniz, Henri de Boulainviller, Isaac Newton, James Harrington, Johannes Althusius, John Locke, Matthias Stephani, Nicholas of Cusa, René Descartes, Robert Filmer, Samuel Pufendorf, The Birth of Territory, Theodor Reinking, Thomas Hobbes, Udalricus Zasius, Walter Ralegh | 1 Comment

Seventeenth political theory and its context

Peter follows up my last Leibniz post with a different question. I was talking about how Descartes came just before Leibniz, and how Hobbes, Locke, Spinoza, Pufendorf, Newton were his contemporaries. Peter asks Here’s a perhaps naive question, but isn’t it … Continue reading

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Reading texts, the canon, and historical access

Having been away for the weekend I feel like the blog debate that has been going on about Derrida and realism has largely passed me by. That’s fine, in a sense, because it’s not something I’m especially concerned with. (You … Continue reading

Posted in Alain Badiou, Gottfried Leibniz, Jacques Derrida, Jane Bennett, Jean Bodin, Jean Jacques Rousseau, John Locke, Michel Foucault, Robert Filmer, The Birth of Territory, Thomas Hobbes | 2 Comments

Hobbes and Rousseau

I’ve been spending the past couple of days writing up the sections on Hobbes and Rousseau from the fairly extensive notes I’d taken. With Hobbes the focus is on his critique of the temporal/spiritual power division; his engagement with Robert Bellarmine, … Continue reading

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