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On Hobbes By Alan Ryan (Princeton University)

On Hobbes by Alan Ryan (Princeton University)

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Hobbes created the first truly modern political philosophy.

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On Hobbes: Escaping the War of All Against All by Alan Ryan (Princeton University)

In Leviathan, Hobbes created the idea of a "social contract" and set out to explicate a doctrine for the foundation of states and legitimate forms of government. In On Hobbes, Ryan explains how he created the secular conception of the state and politics in one of the first truly modern works of political philosophy. Ryan explicates how current notions of individual rights, sovereignty, representative government and almost all liberal political theory find their foundation in Hobbes.

About Alan Ryan (Princeton University)

Alan Ryan, after decades at Princeton University, was warden of New College, University of Oxford, where he was a professor of political theory. He is the author of John Dewey and the High Tide of American Liberalism and Bertrand Russell: A Political Life, among other works.

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On Hobbes: Escaping the War of All Against All by Alan Ryan (Princeton University)
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