Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes

Quentin Skinner (Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Using, for the first time, the full range of manuscript as well as printed sources, Skinner documents an entirely new view of Hobbes’ intellectual development, and reexamines the shift from a humanist to a scientific culture in European moral and political thought.  In particular, he examines Hobbes’ philosophy against the background of his humanist education.