Hobbes and Republican Liberty

Quentin Skinner (Cambridge University Press, 2008)

Skinner offers a comparison of two rival theories about the nature of human liberty. The first originated in classical antiquity, and lay at the heart of the Roman republican tradition of public life.  According to Skinner, Thomas Hobbes was the most formidable enemy of this pattern of thought, and his successive attempts to discredit it constitute a truly epochal moment in the history of Anglophone political thought.