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  1. added 2018-10-23
    Hobbes’s Laws of Nature in Leviathan as a Synthetic Demonstration: Thought Experiments and Knowing the Causes.Marcus P. Adams - forthcoming - Philosophers' Imprint.
    The status of the laws of nature in Hobbes’s Leviathan has been a continual point of disagreement among scholars. Many agree that since Hobbes claims that civil philosophy is a science, the answer lies in an understanding of the nature of Hobbesian science more generally. In this paper, I argue that Hobbes’s view of the construction of geometrical figures sheds light upon the status of the laws of nature. In short, I claim that the laws play the same role as (...)
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    Boyle and Hobbes: A Reconsideration.Wilbur Applebaum - 1964 - Journal of the History of Ideas 25 (1):117.
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    Visual Perception as Patterning: Cavendish Against Hobbes on Sensation.Marcus P. Adams - 2016 - History of Philosophy Quarterly 33 (3):193-214.
    Many of Margaret Cavendish’s criticisms of Thomas Hobbes in the Philosophical Letters (1664) relate to the disorder and damage that she holds would result if Hobbesian pressure were the cause of visual perception. In this paper, I argue that her “two men” thought experiment in Letter IV is aimed at a different goal: to show the explanatory potency of her account. First, I connect Cavendish’s view of visual perception as “patterning” to the “two men” thought experiment in Letter IV. Second, (...)
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    An Early European Critic of Hobbes’s De Corpore.Stephen Clucas - 2017 - Hobbes Studies 30 (1):4-27.
    _ Source: _Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 4 - 27 The _Animadversiones in Elementorum Philosophiae_ by a little known Flemish scholar G. Moranus, published in Brussels in 1655 was an early European response to Hobbes’s _De Corpore_. Although it is has been referred to by various Hobbes scholars, such as Noel Malcolm, Doug Jesseph, and Alexander Bird it has been little studied. Previous scholarship has tended to focus on the mathematical criticisms of André Tacquet which Moranus included in the form (...)
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  5. added 2017-03-21
    Natural Philosophy, Deduction, and Geometry in the Hobbes-Boyle Debate.Marcus P. Adams - 2017 - Hobbes Studies 30 (1):83-107.
    This paper examines Hobbes’s criticisms of Robert Boyle’s air-pump experiments in light of Hobbes’s account in _De Corpore_ and _De Homine_ of the relationship of natural philosophy to geometry. I argue that Hobbes’s criticisms rely upon his understanding of what counts as “true physics.” Instead of seeing Hobbes as defending natural philosophy as “a causal enterprise … [that] as such, secured total and irrevocable assent,” 1 I argue that, in his disagreement with Boyle, Hobbes relied upon his understanding of natural (...)
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  6. added 2017-01-27
    Leviathan and the Air Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life by Steven Shapin; Simon Schaffer. [REVIEW]Margaret Jacobs - 1986 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 77:719-720.
  7. added 2017-01-26
    Leviathan and the Air-Pump, by Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer.P. B. Wood - 1988 - History of Science 26:103-109.
  8. added 2017-01-17
    Essay Review: Behemoth V. The Sceptical Chymist: Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life.P. B. Wood - 1988 - History of Science 26 (1):103-109.
  9. added 2016-12-19
    The Theory of Material Qualities.Peter R. Anstey - 2013 - In The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century. Oxford University Press. pp. 240.
    This chapter examines the main theories of material qualities developed by leading British philosophers during the seventeenth century, describes the taxonomy of qualities during this period, and analyzes the epistemological and metaphysical theses that influenced the development of the theory of material qualities in Great Britain. It also considers the relevant works of Thomas Hobbes, Walter Charleton, Robert Boyle, John Locke, and Isaac Newton.
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    Science, Prudence, and Folly in Hobbes's Political Theory.Donald W. Hanson - 1993 - Political Theory 21 (4):643-664.
  11. added 2016-09-26
    La curiosità e le passioni della conoscenza. Filosofia e scienze da Montaigne a Hobbes.Gregorio Baldin - 2016 - Rivista di Storia Della Filosofia 71 (3):535-538.
  12. added 2016-09-12
    Thomas Hobbes and the Science of Moral Virtue.David Boonin-Vail - 1994 - Cambridge University Press.
    In Leviathan Thomas Hobbes defines moral philosophy as 'the science of Virtue and Vice', yet few modern readers take this description seriously. Moreover, it is typically assumed that Hobbes' ethical views are unrelated to his views of science. Influential modern interpreters have portrayed Hobbes as either an amoralist, or a moral contractarian, or a rule egoist, or a divine command theorist. David Boonin-Vail challenges all these assumptions and presents a new, and very unorthodox, interpretation of Hobbes's ethics. He shows that (...)
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  13. added 2016-08-29
    Study Four. Empiricist Inductive Methodology: Hobbes and Hume.Fred Wilson - 1999 - In The Logic and Methodology of Science in Early Modern Thought: Seven Studies. University of Toronto Press. pp. 290-318.
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    Hobbes’s Geometrical Optics.José Médina - 2016 - Hobbes Studies 29 (1):39-65.
    _ Source: _Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 39 - 65 Since Euclid, optics has been considered a geometrical science, which Aristotle defines as a “mixed” mathematical science. Hobbes follows this tradition and clearly places optics among physical sciences. However, modern scholars point to a confusion between geometry and physics and do not seem to agree about the way Hobbes mixes both sciences. In this paper, I return to this alleged confusion and intend to emphasize the peculiarity of Hobbes’s geometrical optics. (...)
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    Hobbes, Galileo, and the Physics of Simple Circular Motions.John Henry - 2016 - Hobbes Studies 29 (1):9-38.
    _ Source: _Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 9 - 38 Hobbes tried to develop a strict version of the mechanical philosophy, in which all physical phenomena were explained only in terms of bodies in motion, and the only forces allowed were forces of collision or impact. This ambition puts Hobbes into a select group of original thinkers, alongside Galileo, Isaac Beeckman, and Descartes. No other early modern thinkers developed a strict version of the mechanical philosophy. Natural philosophies relying solely on (...)
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    Hobbes on ‘Conatus’: A Study in the Foundations of Hobbesian Philosophy.Douglas Jesseph - 2016 - Hobbes Studies 29 (1):66-85.
    _ Source: _Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 66 - 85 This paper will deal with the notion of _conatus_ and the role it plays in Hobbes’s program for natural philosophy. As defined by Hobbes, the _conatus_ of a body is essentially its instantaneous motion, and he sees this as the means to account for a variety of phenomena in both natural philosophy and mathematics. Although I foucs principally on Hobbesian physics, I will also consider the extent to which Hobbes’s account (...)
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    Optics, Simple Circular Motion and Conatus.Agostino Lupoli - 2016 - Hobbes Studies 29 (1):1-7.
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    Optics in Hobbes’s Natural Philosophy.Franco Giudice - 2016 - Hobbes Studies 29 (1):86-102.
    _ Source: _Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 86 - 102 The aim of this paper is to give an overview of the place that Hobbes assigns to optics in the context of his classification of sciences and disciplinary boundaries. To do this, I will begin with an account of Hobbes’s conception of philosophy or science, and particularly his distinction between true and hypothetical knowledge. I will also show that in his demarcation between mathematics or geometry and natural philosophy Hobbes was (...)
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    Cees Leijenhorst. The Mechanisation of Aristotelianism: The Late Aristotelian Setting of Thomas Hobbes’ Natural Philosophy. Xvi+242 Pp., Bibl., Index. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2002. $97, €83. [REVIEW]Alexander Bird - 2003 - Isis 94 (4):725-726.
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    Making and Knowing in Hobbes, Vico, and Dewey.Arthur Child - 1953 - University of California Press.
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  21. added 2016-07-14
    Steven Shapin & Simon Schaffer. ‘Leviathan’ and the Air Pump: Hobbes, Boyle and the Experimental Life. Including a Translation of Thomas Hobbes, ‘Dialogus de Natura Aeris’ by Simon Schaffer. Princeton University Press, New Jersey and Guildford, Surrey, 1985. Pp. Ix + 441. ISBN 0-691-08393-2. £43.00. [REVIEW]Harold W. Jones - 1987 - British Journal for the History of Science 20 (1):122.
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    Leviathan and the Air Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life. Steven Shapin, Simon Schaffer.Margaret C. Jacob - 1986 - Isis 77 (4):719-720.
  23. added 2016-05-16
    Le signe et les fondements de la certitude chez Hobbes.Éric Marquer - 2016 - Methodos 16.
    Hobbes établit une distinction entre signes certains et signes incertains, qui correspond à la distinction entre science et prudence. Mais il précise toutefois que les signes de la science ne sont pas tous certains, ni infaillibles. Cette recommandation n’est pas tant une critique de la science, qu’une mise en garde adressée à ceux qui renoncent à leur jugement naturel et s’en remettent aveuglément à l’autorité des livres. La certitude dépend donc d’un bon usage des signes de la part du sujet (...)
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  24. added 2016-03-21
    Hobbes: Philosophy and Method.M. A. Bertman - 1973 - Scientia 67 (8):769.
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    Hobbes on the Order of Sciences: A Partial Defense of the Mathematization Thesis.Zvi Biener - 2016 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 54 (3):312-332.
    Accounts of Hobbes’s ‘system’ of sciences oscillate between two extremes. On one extreme, the system is portrayed as wholly axiomtic-deductive, with statecraft being deduced in an unbroken chain from the principles of logic and first philosophy. On the other, it is portrayed as rife with conceptual cracks and fissures, with Hobbes’s statements about its deductive structure amounting to mere window-dressing. This paper argues that a middle way is found by conceiving of Hobbes’s _Elements of Philosophy_ on the model of a (...)
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  26. added 2015-12-17
    Geometrical Physics: Mathematics in the Natural Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes.Kathryn A. Morris - 2001 - Dissertation, Mcgill University (Canada)
    My thesis examines Thomas Hobbes's attempt to develop a mathematical account of nature. I argue that Hobbes's conception of how we should think quantitatively about the world was deeply indebted to the ideas of his ancient and medieval predecessors. These ideas were often amenable to Hobbes's vision of a demonstrative, geometrically-based science. However, he was forced to adapt the ancient and medieval models to the demands of his own thoroughgoing materialism. This hybrid resulted in a distinctive, if only partially successful, (...)
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    Hobbes on Natural Philosophy as "True Physics" and Mixed Mathematics.Marcus P. Adams - 2016 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 56:43-51.
    I offer an alternative account of the relationship of Hobbesian geometry to natural philosophy by arguing that mixed mathematics provided Hobbes with a model for thinking about it. In mixed mathematics, one may borrow causal principles from one science and use them in another science without there being a deductive relationship between those two sciences. Natural philosophy for Hobbes is mixed because an explanation may combine observations from experience (the ‘that’) with causal principles from geometry (the ‘why’). My argument shows (...)
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  28. added 2015-10-14
    Hobbes on the Scientific Study of the Human Mind.Laurens van Apeldoorn - 2015 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 97 (3).
    Name der Zeitschrift: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie Jahrgang: 97 Heft: 3 Seiten: 308-333.
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    A Note From the Editor.Martin Bertman - 2009 - Hobbes Studies 22 (1):1-1.
  30. added 2015-08-10
    Hobbes: Metaphysics and Method.Stewart D. R. Duncan - 2003 - Dissertation, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick
    This dissertation discusses the work of Thomas Hobbes, and has two main themes. The first is Hobbes's materialism, and the second is Hobbes's relationships to other philosophers, in particular his place in the mechanist movement that is said to have replaced Aristotelianism as the dominant philosophy in the seventeenth century. -/- I argue that Hobbes does not, for most of his career, believe the general materialist view that bodies are the only substances. He believes, rather, that ideas, which are our (...)
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    La conception de la philosophie chez Hobbes et Spinoza.Gilbert Boss - 1985 - Archives de Philosophie 48 (2):311.
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    Nominalisme et mécanisme chez Hobbes.Jean Bernhardt - 1985 - Archives de Philosophie 48 (2):235.
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    Methode Und System Wissenschaftsklassifikation Bei Bacon, Hobbes U. Locke.Siegfried Dangelmayr - 1974
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  34. added 2015-04-13
    Steven Shapin, Simon Schaffer, Leviathan et la pompe à air: Hobbes et Boyle entre science et politique. Trad, de l'anglais par Thierry Plélat avec la collab. de Sylvie Barjansky (Paris: La Découverte, 1993). [REVIEW]Jean Bernhardt - 1996 - Revue d'Histoire des Sciences 49 (2-3):368-369.
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    Erkenntnis und technische Erzeugung. Hobbes' operationale Philosophie der Wissenschaft.Hans Fiebig - 1973 - Studia Leibnitiana 5 (1):158-161.
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    Filosofía y método en Tomás Hobbes.Maria Lukac - 1985 - Philosophica 8:153.
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    Hobbes's Method in "Leviathan".Marshall Missner - 1977 - Journal of the History of Ideas 38 (4):607.
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    Hobbes's Theory of Definition.Jeremiah J. Dolan - 2001 - Dissertation, New School for Social Research
    Thomas Hobbes made original and philosophically important contributions to the theory of definition in the seventeenth century. Hobbes explicitly challenged the predominance of the traditional paradigm of definition per genus proximum et differentiam specificam. In place of this classifying or "generic" method of definition, Hobbes introduced and insisted upon the primacy of the method of "generating" or "genetic" definition. Instead of defining by classifying, by locating a definiendum relative to the next higher genus and specific difference, a generating definition defines (...)
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    Making Certain: Thomas Hobbes, Geometry, and the Educational Politics of Early Modernity.Ted Harold Miller - 1999 - Dissertation, University of California, San Diego
    Our understanding of Hobbes is pivotal to our grasp of modernity, and yet we misunderstand him. Specifically, we have misconstrued the way his philosophy exemplifies modern political reason. Contrary to the conventional view, Hobbes should not be thought of as the first modern political scientist. His works are not abstract schema devoted to explaining the logic of commonwealths or the actions of rationally self-interested actors. Rather than explanatory, Hobbes's science was didactic: it was written to craft and fashion obedient selves. (...)
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    Vico and the Continuity of Science: The Relation of His Epistemology to Bacon and Hobbes.Jeffrey Barnouw - 1980 - Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 71:609-620.
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    Hans fiebig: Erkenntnis und technische erzeugung. Hobbes' operationale pilosophie der wissenschaft. [REVIEW]Albert Heinekamp - 1973 - Studia Leibnitiana 5:158.
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    Über Hobbes Naturwissenschaftliche Ansichten Und Ihren Zusammenhang Mit der Naturphilosophie Seiner Zeit.Bernhard Gühne - 1886 - B.G. Teubner.
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    Der mos geometricus als Paradigma von Wissenschaft bei Hobbes und Descartes.Ulrich Weiss - 1992 - Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 40 (11):1295-1312.
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    ‘Leviathan’ And The Air Pump: Hobbes, Boyle And The Experimental Life. Including A Translation Of Thomas Hobbes, ‘Dialogus De Natura Aeris’ By Simon Schaffer. [REVIEW]Harold Jones - 1987 - British Journal for the History of Science 20 (1):122-123.
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    Hobbes' Science of Politics.Maurice M. Goldsmith - 1978 - Columbia University Press.
  46. added 2014-12-15
    Hobbes, Definitions, and Simplest Conceptions.Marcus P. Adams - 2014 - Hobbes Studies 27 (1):35-60.
    Several recent commentators argue that Thomas Hobbes’s account of the nature of science is conventionalist. Engaging in scientific practice on a conventionalist account is more a matter of making sure one connects one term to another properly rather than checking one’s claims, e.g., by experiment. In this paper, I argue that the conventionalist interpretation of Hobbesian science accords neither with Hobbes’s theoretical account in De corpore and Leviathan nor with Hobbes’s scientific practice in De homine and elsewhere. Closely tied to (...)
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    Leviathan and the Air-Pump, Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life.Dominique Pestre - 1990 - Revue d'Histoire des Sciences 43 (1):109-116.
  48. added 2014-12-10
    Logical consistence and operating base in Thomas Hobbes. [Spanish].Rusbel Martínez Rodríguez - 2006 - Eidos: Revista de Filosofía de la Universidad Del Norte 5:50-69.
    El objetivo principal de este artículo es precisar los elementos que operan en el substrato de la filosofía de Thomas Hobbes y que permiten dar coherencia lógica a su sistema. Para ello se apela a la idea de concepto operatorio desarrollada por Eugen Fink, a la vez que se llama la atención sobre la importancia de considerar la filosofía hobbesiana en su totalidad. Esto implica que cualquier análisis de la teoría política de Hobbes debe considerar las relaciones existentes con las (...)
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    Galileo, Hobbes, and the Book of Nature.Douglas Michael Jesseph - 2004 - Perspectives on Science 12 (2):191-211.
    : This paper investigates the influence of Galileo's natural philosophy on the philosophical and methodological doctrines of Thomas Hobbes. In particular, I argue that what Hobbes took away from his encounter with Galileo was the fundamental idea that the world is a mechanical system in which everything can be understood in terms of mathematically-specifiable laws of motion. After tracing the history of Hobbes's encounters with Galilean science (through the "Welbeck group" connected with William Cavendish, earl of Newcastle and the "Mersenne (...)
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    The Power of Images: Mathematics and Metaphysics in Hobbes's Optics.A. Malet - 2001 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 32 (2):303-333.
    This paper deals with Hobbes's theory of optical images, developed in his optical magnum opus, 'A Minute or First Draught of the Optiques' (1646), and published in abridged version in De homine (1658). The paper suggests that Hobbes's theory of vision and images serves him to ground his philosophy of man on his philosophy of body. Furthermore, since this part of Hobbes's work on optics is the most thoroughly geometrical, it reveals a good deal about the role of mathematics in (...)
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