Michael Esfeld: Mechanismus und Subjektivität in der Philosophie von Thomas Hobbes

Quaestiones 9
434 p., 17,8 x 24,5 cm.
ISBN 978-3-7728-1699-4
Single price:
€ 32.–

The message of this book is that Hobbes, and not Descartes, was the first to develop a specifically modern philosophy. The manifestion of modern subjectivity in Hobbes’s work is expressed for the first time in a systematic development from perception up to political action. The author shows how, based on a mechanistic ontology and natural philosophy, Hobbes tried in vain to develop a human self-understanding and how this yielded an epistemological skepticism whose outcome for political philosophy was political absolutism.


Bettina Wahrig-Schmidt, Stud. Hist. Phil. Sci.

»The author has performed an extensive and thorough reading of the published works of Thomas Hobbes, and I am really impressed at how he consequently develops his own interpretation of Hobbes [...] Esfeld has produced an original interpretation of Hobbes’ works and a highly sophisticated piece of systematic philosophy.«

Bettina Wahrig-Schmidt,
Stud. Hist. Phil. Sci.
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