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    Smith and Rousseau, After Hume and Mandeville.Paul Sagar - 2018 - Political Theory 46 (1):29-58.
    This essay re-examines Adam Smith’s encounter with Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Against the grain of present scholarship it contends that when Smith read and reviewed Rousseau’s Second Discourse, he neither registered it as a particularly important challenge, nor was especially influenced by, or subsequently preoccupied with responding to, Rousseau. The case for this is made by examining the British context of Smith’s own intervention in his 1759 Theory of Moral Sentiments, where a proper appreciation of the roles of David Hume and Bernard (...)
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    Beyond Sympathy: Smith’s Rejection of Hume’s Moral Theory.Paul Sagar - 2017 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 25 (4):681-705.
    Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments has long been recognized as importantly influenced by, and in part responding to, David Hume’s earlier ethical theory. With regard to Smith’s account of the foundations of morals in particular, recent scholarly attention has focused on Smith’s differences with Hume over the question of sympathy. Whilst this is certainly important, disagreement over sympathy in fact represents only the starting point of Smith’s engagement with – and eventual attempted rejection of – Hume’s core moral theory. (...)
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    Of Mushrooms and Method: History and the Family in Hobbes’s Science of Politics.Paul Sagar - 2015 - European Journal of Political Theory 14 (1):98-117.
    Hobbes’s account of the commonwealth is standardly interpreted to be primarily a theory of contract, whereby the archetypal manner of forming a political community is via an act of mutual agreement between suspicious individuals of equal power. By examining Hobbes’s theories of the pre-political family, and what he says about the role of real history in the development of political societies, I conclude that this standard interpretation is untenable. Rather, Hobbes’s conception of commonwealth ‘by institution’ is a hypothetical model used (...)
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    István Hont and Political Theory.Paul Sagar - 2018 - European Journal of Political Theory 17 (4):476-500.
    This article explores the relevance of the work of Cambridge historian of political thought István Hont to contemporary political theory. Specifically, it suggests that Hont’s work can be of great help to the recent realist revival in political theory, in particular via its lending support to the account favoured by Bernard Williams, which has been a major source for recent realist work. The article seeks to make explicit the main political theoretic implications of Hont’s historically-focused work, which in their original (...)
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    Sociability, Luxury and Sympathy: The Case of Archibald Campbell.Paul Sagar - 2013 - History of European Ideas 39 (6):791-814.
    The eighteenth-century moral philosopher Archibald Campbell is now largely forgotten, even to specialists in the Scottish Enlightenment. Yet his work is worth recovering both as part of the immediate reception of Bernard Mandeville and Francis Hutcheson's rival moral philosophies, and for better understanding the state of Scottish moral philosophy a decade before David Hume published his Treatise of Human Nature. This paper offers a reading of Campbell as deploying a specifically Epicurean philosophy that resists both the Augustinianism of Mandeville, and (...)
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    Bhishma’s Boon: Reflections on the Complexity of Immortality.Paul Sagar - 2019 - Journal of Value Inquiry 53 (1):91-105.
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    Book Review: Political Realism in Apocalyptic Times, by Alison McQueen. [REVIEW]Paul Sagar - 2018 - Political Theory 46 (6):959-963.
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    Burke Unboxed. [REVIEW]Paul Sagar - 2018 - Political Theory 46 (2):280-298.
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    Book Review: Reflecting Subjects: Passion, Sympathy, and Society in Hume’s Philosophy, by Jacqueline A. TaylorReflecting Subjects: Passion, Sympathy, and Society in Hume’s Philosophy, by TaylorJacqueline A.Oxford: Oxford University. 2015, 240 Pp. [REVIEW]Paul Sagar - 2017 - Political Theory 45 (4):577-581.
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    Book Review: Political Realism in Apocalyptic Times, by Alison McQueenPolitical Realism in Apocalyptic Times, by McQueenAlison. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 244 Pp. US$ 80.00, ISBN 9781107152397. [REVIEW]Paul Sagar - forthcoming - Political Theory:009059171877105.
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    What is the Leviathan?Paul Sagar - 2018 - Hobbes Studies 31 (1):75-92.
    _ Source: _Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 75 - 92 The aim of this article is to explore some of what Hobbes says in _Leviathan_ about what the Leviathan is. I propose that Hobbes is not finally clear on this score. Nonetheless, such indeterminacy might be revealing, insofar as it points us in different directions regarding how the state can be conceptualized, and what it is thought able to do. The paper is thus deliberately open ended: it does not aim (...)
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    Introduction: ‘István Hont as Political Theorist’.Paul Sagar & Christopher Brooke - 2018 - European Journal of Political Theory 17 (4):387-390.
    István Hont understood his work excavating the structure of 18th century debates as a contribution to contemporary political thinking. This special issue begins to explore some of the avenues he opened.
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    Book Review: Against War and Empire: Geneva, Britain and France in the Eighteenth Century, by Richard WhatmoreAgainst War and Empire: Geneva, Britain and France in the Eighteenth Century, by WhatmoreRichard. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012. [REVIEW]Paul Sagar - 2014 - Political Theory 42 (6):748-752.
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    Back to Basics.Paul Sagar - forthcoming - Contemporary Political Theory:1-6.
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    Burke UnboxedThe Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence, by BromwichDavid. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014.Empire and Revolution: The Political Life of Edmund Burke, by BourkeRichard. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015. [REVIEW]Paul Sagar - 2018 - Political Theory 46 (2):280-298.