The Development of Thomas Hobbes' Religious-Politico Thought

  • Author / Creator
    Weber, Greg D.
  • There are two trends in recent Hobbesian scholarship: one which identifies the development of Hobbes’ political philosophy in order to derive a greater appreciation for his overall goals in his masterwork, Leviathan, and another which seeks to bring the religious Parts III and IV of Leviathan into the context of the main goals of the overall work. I bring these two trends together, arguing that Hobbes’ religious thought grows from the position in The Elements of Law that good Christian obedience only involves obedience to the laws of nature to the idea first presented in Leviathan that Christian sovereigns are uniquely obliged to God to prepare citizens for entry into the kingdom of God to come according to the specific teachings of Christian doctrine.

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    Master of Arts
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Philosophy
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Amy M. Schmitter (Philosophy)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Bruce Hunter (Philosophy)
    • Jennifer Welchman (Philosophy)
    • Don Carmichael (Political Science)