III. The Ideological Context of Hobbes's Political Thought

  title={III. The Ideological Context of Hobbes's Political Thought},
  author={Q. Skinner and Leslie Sir Stephen},
  journal={The Historical Journal},
  pages={286 - 317}
The modern reputation of Hobbes's Leviathan as a work ‘incredibly overtopping all its successors in political theory’ has concentrated so much attention on Hobbes's own text that it has tended at the same time to divert attention away from any attempt to study the relations between his thought and its age, or to trace his affinities with the other political writers of his time. It has by now become an axiom of the historiography that Hobbes's ‘extraordinary boldness’ set him completely ‘outside… 



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