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Philosophic PrideStoicism and Political Thought from Lipsius to Rousseau$
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Christopher Brooke

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691152080

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691152080.001.0001

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From Hobbes to Shaftesbury

From Hobbes to Shaftesbury

(p.101) Chapter Five From Hobbes to Shaftesbury
Philosophic Pride

Christopher Brooke

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers the seventeenth-century reception of Thomas Hobbes, and in particular the question of how he was understood as being both a funny (and dangerous) kind of Stoic and later as a funny (and dangerous) kind of Epicurean. It discusses how Hobbes came to be characterized as an Epicurean and how his critics responded to the political theory he had presented in Leviathan — particularly his arguments on natural law. The chapter focuses in particular on Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury, whose philosophical sympathies led him to become an opponent of Hobbes and a supporter of the latitude-men or latitudinarians and their particular engagements with Stoicism.

Keywords:   Thomas Hobbes, Hobbism, Anthony Ashley Cooper, Epicureanism, natural law, Cambridge Platonists, Latitudinarians, Richard Cumberland, Samuel Parker, Deism

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