Subverting the Leviathan: Reading Thomas Hobbes as a Radical Democrat

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In Leviathan , Thomas Hobbes's landmark work on political philosophy, James Martel argues that although Hobbes pays lip service to the superior interpretive authority of the sovereign, he consistently subverts this authority throughout the book by returning it to the reader. Martel demonstrates that Hobbes's radical method of reading not only undermines his own authority in the text, but, by extension, the authority of the sovereign as well. To make his point, Martel looks closely at Hobbes's understanding of religious ...

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Subverting the Leviathan: Reading Thomas Hobbes as a Radical Democrat
2007, Columbia University Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9780231139847

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