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In the Shadow of Leviathan Jeffrey R. Collins (Queen's University, Ontario)

In the Shadow of Leviathan By Jeffrey R. Collins (Queen's University, Ontario)

In the Shadow of Leviathan by Jeffrey R. Collins (Queen's University, Ontario)


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Offering a vivid account of the revolutionary times through which they lived, this book revolutionises our understanding of Hobbes and Locke. Focused on their own era, it reveals a great deal about how religious toleration and religious politics developed within modern liberalism, and explores tensions that are with us still.

In the Shadow of Leviathan Summary

In the Shadow of Leviathan: John Locke and the Politics of Conscience by Jeffrey R. Collins (Queen's University, Ontario)

Thomas Hobbes and John Locke sit together in the canon of political thought but are rarely treated in common historical accounts. This book narrates their intertwined careers during the Restoration period, when the two men found themselves in close proximity and entangled in many of the same political conflicts. Bringing new source material to bear, In the Shadow of Leviathan establishes the influence of Hobbesian thought over Locke, particularly in relation to the preeminent question of religious toleration. Excavating Hobbes's now forgotten case for a prudent, politique toleration gifted by sovereign power, Jeffrey R. Collins argues that modern, liberal thinking about toleration was transformed by Locke's gradual emancipation from this Hobbesian mode of thought. This book investigates those landmark events - the civil war, Restoration, the popish plot, the Revolution of 1688 - which eventually forced Locke to confront the limits of politique toleration, and to devise an account of religious freedom as an inalienable right.

In the Shadow of Leviathan Reviews

'This is a major scholarly contribution, and among many important contributions of this extremely valuable new book by one of the most important interpreters of Hobbes, and now also of Locke.' John Marshall, Hobbes Studies
'In the Shadow of Leviathan is a worthy sequel to Jeffrey Collins's outstanding 2005 book, The Allegiance of Thomas Hobbes ... Among the many virtues of Collins's book, the most impressive is his meticulous examination of the historical context in which the shift in Locke's thinking occurred. In a time in which many academic books are written too hastily, it is satisfying to read a work that is clearly the product of many years of painstaking research. Political theorists, in particular, will find that they have much to learn - as this one did - from Collins's thorough examination of the debates and political dynamics of the Interregnum and especially the Restoration.' Devin Stauffer, The Review of Politics
'A definitive and transformative study.' E. J. Eisenach, Choice

About Jeffrey R. Collins (Queen's University, Ontario)

Jeffrey R. Collins is Associate Professor of History at Queen's University, Canada. He is the author of The Allegiance of Thomas Hobbes (2005) and numerous articles on modern religion and political thought in journals such as Modern Intellectual History and the Journal of Modern History. He is also a regular book reviewer for the Wall Street Journal and the Times Literary Supplement.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Note on the text; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. John Locke and Interregnum Hobbism; 2. The Restoration projects of Thomas Hobbes; 3. John Locke and the Restoration politique; 4. Non-domination liberty in spiritual context; 5. Locke, conscience, and the Libertas Ecclesiae; 6. Locke and Catholicism: the 'Roman Leviathan'; 7. Locke and a 'more liberal' Hobbism; Conclusion. Conscience and Liberalism's two paths; Bibliography; Index.

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NLS9781108746229
9781108746229
1108746225
In the Shadow of Leviathan: John Locke and the Politics of Conscience by Jeffrey R. Collins (Queen's University, Ontario)
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Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2021-10-07
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