Liberty Exposed: Quentin Skinner's Hobbes and Republican Liberty

British Journal for the History of Philosophy 18 (1):139-162 (2010)
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Quentin Skinner’s dedication to investigating Hobbes’s concept of liberty in a number of essays and books has born some unusual fruit. Not only do we see the enormous problems that Hobbes set himself by proceeding as he did, but Skinner’s careful analysis allows us to chart Hobbes’ ingenuity as he tried to steer a path between the Charybdis of determinism and the Scylla of voluntarism – not very successfully, as we shall see. The upshot is a theory of individual freedom and civil liberty to challenge the classical republican traditionThis Article does not have an abstract


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Patricia Springborg
Humboldt-University, Berlin

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Liberty and leviathan.Philip Pettit - 2005 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 4 (1):131-151.

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