Editor’s Introduction

  • Craig Walton
  • Paul J. Johnson
Part of the Archives Internationales D’histoire des Idées/International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 111)


Unlike many major figures in Western intellectual history, Hobbes has refused to become dated and quietly take his appointed place in the museum of historical scholarship. Whether by way of adoption or reaction, his ideas have remained vibrant forces in mankind’s attempts to understand the problems and dilemmas of living peaceably with one another. As Richard Ashcraft said a few years ago:

One of the standards by which the greatness of political theorists is measured, is their ability to evoke in us new insights into ‘the human condition’. Only a few political writers have risen Dionysus-like from the titanic assaults of their critics to become even more formidable forces in the shaping of our destiny. One of these giants is surely the irascible and irrepressible Thomas Hobbes1


Contract Theory Moral Term Legal Positivist Natural Justice Vibrant Force 
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  1. 1.
    Sheldon S. Wolin, Hobbes and the Epic Tradition of Political Theory, with an introduction by Richard E. Ashcraft (Los Angeles: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, 1970) p. vii.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    The editors were later joined in this enterprise by Professor William Sacksteder (University of Colorado), whose labors were both vast and valuable.Google Scholar

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  • Craig Walton
  • Paul J. Johnson

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