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Hobbes, Thomas (1588–1679)

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List of works

A new edition of Hobbes’ works is currently in preparation. Until it is complete, the standard edition will remain that of Sir William Molesworth, which omits many manuscripts and a great deal of Hobbes’ correspondence.

  • Hobbes, T. (1839) The English Works of Thomas Hobbes, ed. W. Molesworth, London: John Bohn, 11 vols.

    (The spelling and punctuation are modernized in this collection.)

  • Hobbes, T. (1845) Opera Latina, London: John Bohn, 11 vols.

    (Hobbes’ works in Latin.)

  • Hobbes, T. (1628) Thucydides’ History of the Pelopennesian Wars; repr. ed. R. Schlatter, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1975.

    (The Petition of Right of 1628 may have led to the publication of this translation.)

  • Hobbes, T. (1630?) The Short Tract, in The Elements of Law Natural and Politic, ed. F. Tonnies, London: Simpkin & Marshall, 1889.

    (This work, which appears as Appendix I, is attributed by Tonnies to Hobbes.)

  • Hobbes, T. (1640) The Elements of Law Natural and Politic, ed. F. Tonnies, London: Simpkin & Marshall, 1889.

    (The correct and intact edition of material also reproduced as Human Nature and De Corpore Politico in Molesworth, volume 4.)

  • Hobbes, T. (1641) The Third Set of Objections to Descartes Meditations, in The Philosophical Writings of Descartes, vol. 2, trans. J. Cottingham, R. Stoothoff and D. Murdoch, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

    (Hobbes wrote these objections as a member of Mersenne’s circle in Paris.)

  • Hobbes, T. (1642) De cive, in The English Works of Thomas Hobbes, vol. 2, ed. W. Molesworth, London: John Bohn, 1839.

    (Molesworth follows an English translation, not by Hobbes, of the original Latin.)

  • Hobbes, T. (1643) Thomas White’s De Mundo Examined, trans. H Jones, Bradford: Bradford University Press, 1976.

    (A recently discovered early foray into metaphysics.)

  • Hobbes, T. (1646) A Minute or First Draught of the Optiques.

    (The most polished of Hobbes’ optical treaties)

  • Hobbes, T. (1651) Leviathan, or the Matter, Form and Power of Commonwealth, Ecclesiastical and Civil, in The English Works of Thomas Hobbes, vol. 3, ed. W. Molesworth, London: John Bohn, 1839; repr. ed. R. Tuck, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991; repr. ed. E. Curley, Chicago, IL: Hackett Publishing Company, 1994.

    (Hobbes’ masterpiece.)

  • Hobbes, T. (1654) Of Liberty and Necessity, in The English Works of Thomas Hobbes, vol. 4, ed. W. Molesworth, London: John Bohn, 1839.

    (Classic discussion of freedom and determinism.)

  • Hobbes, T. (1655) De corpore, in The English Works of Thomas Hobbes, vol. 1, ed. W. Molesworth, London: John Bohn, 1839.

    (Follows an English translation of 1656.)

  • Hobbes, T. (1656a) The Questions concerning Liberty, Necessity and Chance, Clearly Stated and Debated between Dr Bramhall, Bishop of Derry, and Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury, in The English Works of Thomas Hobbes, vol. 4, ed. W. Molesworth, London: John Bohn, 1839.

    (Bramhall had accused Hobbes of atheism and irreligion.)

  • Hobbes, T. (1656b) Six Lessons to the Professors of Mathematics… in the University of Oxford, in The English Works of Thomas Hobbes, vol. 7, ed. W. Molesworth, London: John Bohn, 1839.

    (Testy reply to some Oxford antagonists.)

  • Hobbes, T. (1658) De homine; trans. and abridged B. Gert, T. Scott-Craig and C.T. Woodas On Man, in Man and Citizen, New York: Humanities Press, 1972.

    (A complete translation of De homine is in preparation at Cambridge University Press.)

  • Hobbes, T. (1668) Behemoth, or the Long Parliament, Dialogue of the Civil Wars of England, in The English Works of Thomas Hobbes, vol. 6, ed. W. Molesworth, London: John Bohn, 1839.

    (Hobbes’ own history of the English Civil War.)

  • Hobbes, T. (1678) Decameron Physiologicum, in The English Works of Thomas Hobbes, vol. 7, ed. W. Molesworth, London: John Bohn, 1839.

    (Restates some of the methodology and principal results of the physical sections of De corpore.)

  • Hobbes, T. (1681) Dialogue between a Philosopher and a Student of the Common Laws of England, in The English Works of Thomas Hobbes, vol. 6, ed. W. Molesworth, London: John Bohn, 1839.

    (A discussion of political philosophy.)

References and further reading

  • Aubrey, J. (1898) Brief Lives, Chiefly of Contemporaries, Set Down by John Aubrey between the Years 1669 & 1696, ed. A. Clark, Oxford, 2 vols.

    (Contains an early biographical sketch of Hobbes.)

  • Johnston, D. (1986) The Rhetoric of Leviathan, Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press.

    (A study of the tensions between the scientific pretensions of some of Hobbes’ political writings and their persuasive purpose.)

  • Mintz, S. (1970) The Hunting of Leviathan, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (Deals with the context and early reception of Leviathan.)

  • Peters, R. (1956) Hobbes, Harmondsworth: Penguin.

    (A clearly written study of all Hobbes’ philosophy.)

  • Rogers, G.A.J. and Ryan, A. (1988) Perspectives on Thomas Hobbes, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

    (A collection of mostly accessible papers about Hobbes’ metaphysics, philosophy of science and politics, published to mark the four-hundredth anniversary of his birth.)

  • Sommerville, J. (1992) Thomas Hobbes: Political Ideas in Historical Context, London: Macmillan.

    (A very clear and comprehensive account of the historical context of Hobbes’ political writings.)

  • Sorell, T. (1986) Hobbes, London: Routledge.

    (A study of Hobbes’ metaphysics and politics against the background of his philosophy of science.)

  • Sorell, T. (1995) The Cambridge Companion to Hobbes, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (Articles on all aspects of Hobbes’ thought, including his mathematics, optics and his theories of law and religion. Contains an authoritative biographical account by Noel Malcolm.)

  • Tuck, R. (1989) Hobbes, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    (A short study claiming the importance for Hobbes’ thought of philosophical scepticism.)

  • Zarka, Y. (1987) La décision métaphysique de Hobbes – Conditions de la politique, Paris: Vrin.

    (A study of Hobbes’ system, bringing to bear the great sophistication of French scholarship on Hobbes. The author is editor of the Vrin edition of Hobbes.)

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