Journal of the History of Philosophy 47 (1):142-143 (2009)

Al Martinich
University of Texas at Austin
Parkin’s book covers the same period and much of the same material as John Bowle’s Hobbes and his Critics and Samuel Mintz’s The Hunting of Leviathan, but his scholarship is more extensive and significantly better than that of the earlier books. The scholarship is similar to that of Jeffrey Collins in Hobbes’s Allegiance and belongs to the same school of Cambridge contextualism. Parkin’s book contains good summaries of the books and pamphlets that were published about Hobbes’ political and religious philosophy from 1640 until 1700. While much of this material is known to Hobbes scholars, Parkin has discovered or brought into play a large number of other works. It is good to have all of this material discussed in one place.The book contains, in addition to an Introduction and Conclusion, seven chapters: 1. Reading Hobbes before Leviathan ; 2. Leviathan ; 3. The Storm ; 4. Restoration ; 5. Hobbes and Hobbism ; 6. Hobbes and the Restoration Crisis ; and 7. Hobbes in the Glorious Revolution.
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