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Self-love and misanthropy: William Hazlitt on Hobbes

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Abstract:

This article focuses on Hazlitt's treatment of Thomas Hobbes, who emerges as one of the most important figures in the lectures. Besides its importance to an understanding of Hazlitt's own thought -- which still awaits authoritative exposition -- Hazlitt's attitude sheds light on the reception of Hobbes in the early nineteenth century, and on the general intellectual climate of a period in which theorists were struggling to absorb the lessons of the Revolution.

Keywords: Hobbes; Revolution; Self-love; William Hazlitt; misanthropy; nineteenth century

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Bristol.

Publication date: 1995-01-01

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