A Reader’s Companion to The Prince, Leviathan, and the Second Treatise

  • John T. Bookman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  3. John T. Bookman
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About this book


Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Locke each sought a new foundation for political order. This book serves as a reader's companion to Machiavelli’s The Prince, Hobbes’s Leviathan, and Locke’s Second Treatise written for graduate students and scholars seeking a fuller understanding of these classic texts. How do these philosophers respond to perennial questions such as why anyone is ever obligated to obey a government and whether there are any limits to such an obligation. In this book, Bookman begins by sorting out the hermeneutical controversy between textualists and contextualists, offers a chapter-by-chapter commentary on the texts punctuated by questions for the reader’s reflection, and finally suggests a firmer foundation for a theory of political obligation than Hobbes’s and Locke’s consent theories. Also included are bibliographical essays keyed to select bibliographies, providing readers with a wide-ranging, critical review of the secondary literature. Intended to be read alongside the primary work, the work is a full intellectual, critical, and bibliographical history, as well as a fresh examination of three classic texts in political theory and philosophy.


Machiavelli Hobbes Locke Leviathan The Prince Second Treatise Bibliographical history Classic political theory political philosophy Political Order

Authors and affiliations

  • John T. Bookman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of Northern ColoradoGreeley, COUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-02879-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-02880-0
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