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HOBBES, LUCRETIUS AND THE POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY OF PEACE

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This paper explores Hobbes's relationship to Lucretius. Building on scholarship dealing with Hobbes's knowledge and use of Lucretius, I show that in Leviathan Hobbes decisively rejected central features of Lucretius' argument. Hobbes's rejection of these features, in turn, highlights the distinctiveness of key features of his argument about the passions and language, the distinctively authoritarian version of his contract theory, and his ultimate rejection of Lucretius' Epicurean project.
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Keywords: Epicureanism; Hobbes; Lucretius

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Political Science, 110 North Hall, 1050 Bascom Mall, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA., Email: [email protected]

Publication date: January 1, 2019

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