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Wild Ranging: Prudence and Philosophy's Imitation of God in the Works of Thomas Hobbes

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'Hobbes and the Imitation of God' (Inquiry, 44, 223-6) is Eric Brandon's criticism of my article, 'Thomas Hobbes and the Constraints that Enable the Imitation of God' (Inquiry, 42, 149-76). Brandon's criticisms are rooted in a misunderstanding of what is argued. Observations made concerning Hobbes's claims about prudence - a form of thinking Hobbes distinguishes from philosophic practice - are erroneously described by Brandon as a part of arguments concerning Hobbes's claims about philosophy. Brandon's own account reaffirms a conventional interpretation by claiming that Hobbes envisioned philosophers discovering order, an interpretation challenged in the original argument. Hobbes privileged the creation of order over attempts to discover the order of the world, and this is reflected in his affinity for geometry over physics.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/002017402753556625

Publication date: March 1, 2002

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