Much of Thomas Hobbes's work can be read as historical commentary, taking up questions in the philosophy of history and the rhetorical possibilities of written history. This collection of scholarly essays explores the relation of Hobbes's work to history as a branch of learning.
Table of Contents
Part One: Hobbes and History
1. Hobbes's Concept of History 2. When Hobbes Needed History 3. Hobbes and Historiography: Why the Future, He says, Does not Exist 4. Hobbes, History and Wisdom 5. Hobbes's Uses of the History of Philosophy
Part Two: Hobbesian Histories 6. Hobbes and Tacitus 7. The Peace of Silence: Thucydides and the English Civil War 8. Hobbes's Behemoth 9. Hobbes and Sacred History 10. Hobbes, Selden, Erastianism and the History of the Jews