Morals and Politics
Routledge – 2003 – 112 pages
Hobbes' writing surprises, shocks, amuses and, above all stimulates criticism both of himself and of our conventional wisdom. This book, which is both expository and critical, concentrates on Hobbes' s ethical and political theory, but also considers the effect of these on his metaphysics.
Updated, with a new preface and critical bibliography, this book will be particularly useful as an introduction for undergraduates.
Preface to the paperback edition 1. The Man 2. Problem and Method 3. Metaphysics and Psychology 4. Morals and Politics - I 5. Morals and Politics - II 6. Criticism 7. Interpretations - I 8. Interpretations - II Index
D. D. Raphael is emeritus professor of philosophy at Imperial College, London. He is a specialist in moral and political thought in Britain during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and is the author or editor of a number of books, including Concepts of Justice, British Moralists, 1650-1800 and Moral Philosophy.