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  • http://hdl.handle.net/10402/era.28699
  • The Development of Thomas Hobbes' Religious-Politico Thought
  • Weber, Greg D.
  • English
  • Hobbes, Thomas, -- 1588-1679. -- Human nature
    Hobbes, Thomas, -- 1588-1679. -- Leviathan
    Hobbes, Thomas, -- 1588-1679. -- De cive
    Political science -- History -- 17th century
    Religion and politics -- History -- 17th century
  • Aug 12, 2010 9:07 PM
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  • 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.
  • Master's
  • Master of Arts
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Fall 2010
  • Amy M. Schmitter (Philosophy)
  • Bruce Hunter (Philosophy)
    Jennifer Welchman (Philosophy)
    Don Carmichael (Political Science)