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Democracy and the body politic from Aristotle to Hobbes

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The conventional view of Hobbes’s commonwealth is that it was inspired by contemporary theories of tyranny. This article explores the idea that a paradigm for Hobbes’s state could in fact be found in early modern readings of Aristotle on democracy, as found in Book Three of the Politics. It argues that by the late sixteenth century, these meditations on the democratic body politic had developed claims about unity, mythology, and personation that would become central to Hobbes’s own theory of ...

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Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1177/0090591716649984

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Oxford college:
Christ Church
Department:
Oxford
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Publisher:
SAGE Publisher's website
Journal:
Political Theory Journal website
Volume:
46
Issue:
2
Pages:
167-196
Publication date:
2016-09-12
Acceptance date:
2016-04-11
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EISSN:
1552-7476
ISSN:
0090-5917
Pubs id:
pubs:652533
URN:
uri:bdd6eec1-b8e1-4306-862d-51508be61a05
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uuid:bdd6eec1-b8e1-4306-862d-51508be61a05
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pubs:652533

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