Hobbes: A Very Short Introduction

Richard Tuck (Oxford Paperbacks, 2002)

Hobbes has long had the reputation of being a pessimistic atheist, who saw human nature as inevitably evil and proposed a totalitarian state to subdue human failings.  Richard Tuck re-evaluates Hobbes’s philosophy in light of his passionate concern with the refutation of scepticism and subsequent development of a theory of knowledge which rivaled that of Descartes in its importance.