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The Correspondence of Thomas Hobbes

Volume II: 1660-1679

Thomas Hobbes
Edited by Noel Malcolm

Clarendon Press

Clarendon Edition of the Works of Thomas Hobbes

  • A work of consummate scholarship.
  • Noel Malcolm is working on the definitive biography of Hobbes.
  • Highly praised by the reviewers:
  • 'an important literary and philosophical event . . . [the letters] open a window onto many aspects of the 17th-century world; anyone interested in history, literature, politics, philosophy, and the history of science will find them utterly absorbing.' A. C. Grayling, Financial Times
  • 'No one who hopes to understand the remarkable position which [Hobbes] came to occupy in the history of ideas will be able in future to ignore Malcolm's edition . . . a most impressive achievement' John Dunn, THES
  • 'these letters present a striking picture of the milieu of an extraordinary genius . . . Noel Malcolm rounds off these two beautifully produced volumes with succinct biographies of Hobbes's correspondents, written with the elegance, modesty and impeccable scholarship that characterise the edition as a whole.' Roger Scruton, Sunday Telegraph
  • 'one can feel nothing but gratitude for Malcolm's labours, and admiration at their outcome' Richard Tuck, TLS
  • 'The range and depth of Dr Noel Malcolm's scholarship are beyond praise and almost beyond belief . . . The book is essential reading for all serious students of Hobbes's life and thought.' D. D. Raphael, Political Studies
  • 'a meticulous and comprehensive example of scholarship' Oliver Letwin, The Times
  • 'superbly edited' Richard Ollard, The Independent
  • 'The appearance of these two volumes of correspondence is undoubtedly one of the most significant events of recent years not only in the field of Hobbes studies, but also in the more general area of seventeenth-century philosophical and scientific culture. . . . [the] rich editorial material contributes to the great scholarly value of the work.' Andrea Napoli, BJHS
  • 'The portrait of the man that emerges from this collection is fascinating and vibrant. . . . there is an enormous amount of interesting material in this work, both biographical and philosophical.' Peter Anstey, University of Sydney [journal?]