Political philosophy

Cover page of Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan, 1750

Sovereignty (in Hobbes's philosophy)

LEPAN Géraldine
La remise en cause de l’anthropologie de l’homme sociable constitue le fondement de la philosophie de l’État de Hobbes et explique sa théorie de la souveraineté absolue.
 ‘William Godwin’ by James Northcote, oil on canvas, 1802. NPG 1236 © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Godwin (and his Diary)

William Godwin kept a detailed diary from the late 1780s until shortly before his death in 1836. It is an invaluable source on the radical sociability of the 1790s and its aftermath. But it raises questions about how he reconciled his extensive sociability with his critique of social conventions, manners and fashion.

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