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    The History of Political Thought Above All.Cesare Cuttica - 2022 - Hobbes Studies 35 (1):7-22.
    Well-known for his work on absolutism, divine right theory, and his contextual reading of Hobbes’ ideas, Sommerville also published successful critical editions of Sir Robert Filmer and King James vi and I’s political writing. Sommerville’s engagement in key historiographical debates on early- modern British history, involving “opposing camps” of revisionists and post-revisionists, is less explored. Here, I focus on the question whether pre-Civil War England was immune to ideological conflict or, instead, featured a confrontation between King and Parliament based on (...)
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  2. The Elements of Law and Hobbes’s Purpose.Ioannis Evrigenis - 2022 - Hobbes Studies 35 (1):36-50.
    The unauthorized 1650 publication of The Elements of Law broke Hobbes’s treatise into two parts that were inconsistent with his own division of the work. This obscured what is arguably the most important insight into Hobbes’s method: his account of how human beings use language to instigate and appease others. I review the evidence of how the publication history of the Elements resulted in a break between I.13 and I.14 that Hobbes did not intend. I then argue that as the (...)
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    Catanzaro, Andrea. Politics Through the Iliad and the Odyssey: Hobbes Writes Homer.Luca Iori - 2022 - Hobbes Studies 35 (1):97-107.
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  4. Guest Editors’ Introduction.Daniel J. Kapust & Brandon Turner - 2022 - Hobbes Studies 35 (1):1-6.
    Hobbes Studies presents a special issue dedicated to the career and work of Professor Johann Sommerville on the occasion of his retirement. This introduction provides a brief overview of Sommerville’s professional achievements and the major themes of his scholarly work over the past forty years. It closes with a very brief summary of the contributions made in his honor.
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    Hackenbracht, Ryan. National Reckonings: The Last Judgment and Literature in Milton’s England.Victor Lenthe - 2022 - Hobbes Studies 35 (1):108-114.
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  6. Hobbes’s Theory of Responsibility as Support for Sommerville’s Argument Against Hobbes’s Approval of Independency.S. A. Lloyd - 2022 - Hobbes Studies 35 (1):51-66.
    Just as some types of philosophical analysis are more useful than others to historians or political scientists, so, I find, are some sorts of historical research more useful to philosophers than are other sorts. Sommerville makes history useful to non-historians by clarifying the large-scale historical background against which his investigative questions are posed, and then separating out crucial figures, ideas, and events from arcana of interest primarily to specialist historians. His interpretations are relatively neutral, striking a welcome balance between mere (...)
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  7. Hobbes Reenvisions Hebraic and Christian History.Mary Nyquist - 2022 - Hobbes Studies 35 (1):67-89.
    In this essay, I examine Hobbes’s interpretation of Scriptural passages that figure prominently in contemporaneous political debates. Hobbes’s interpretative practices affirm his major systematic aims but also contribute to his inventive reenvisioning of Hebraic and Christian political history. The privileged position Hobbes gives Hebraic forms of rule together with his treatment of I Samuel 8 are motivated, in part, by a need to counter Aristotle’s influence on an exegetical tradition that opposes monarchy-as-tyranny in connection with this central, much-debated text. Hobbes (...)
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    The Elements of Law: Manuscripts and the Short Parliament.Johann Sommerville - 2022 - Hobbes Studies 35 (1):90-96.
    There are eleven known manuscripts of Hobbes’s Elements of Law. As they divide on textual grounds into two groups, they are effectively two separate editions, employing two different texts. While two of the manuscripts apparently were Hobbes’s working copies, it also seems clear that he never definitively established the text of the Elements. There are reasons for thinking it unlikely that, as has been suggested, Hobbes intended the work to influence debate in the Short Parliament. More likely, he hoped his (...)
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    Ideological Context and the Study of Political Theory.Xinzhi Zhao - 2022 - Hobbes Studies 35 (1):23-35.
    This paper recounts my encounter with the ideological context of Hobbes’s system as a graduate student in political theory through the teaching and scholarship of Professor Johann Sommerville. This encounter made me recognize that political theorists should study not only systems of political philosophy but also their ideological contexts, whose primary components are not “languages” but ideas and arguments deployed in debates concerning issues of political legitimacy of a particular time. Specifically, I realized that incorporating ideological contexts into the study (...)
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