This Companion makes a new departure in Hobbes scholarship, addressing a philosopher whose impact was as great on Continental European theories of state and legal systems as it was at home. This volume is a systematic attempt to incorporate work from both the Anglophone and Continental traditions, bringing together newly commissioned work by scholars from ten different countries in a topic-by-topic sequence of essays that follows the structure of Leviathan, re-examining the relationship among Hobbes's physics, metaphysics, politics, psychology, and religion. Collectively they showcase important revisionist scholarship that re-examines both the context for Leviathan and its reception, demonstrating the degree to which Hobbes was indebted to the long tradition of European humanist thought. This Cambridge Companion shows that Hobbes's legacy was never lost and that he belongs to a tradition of reflection on political theory and governance that is still alive, both in Europe and in the diaspora.
Patricia Springborg, formerly a professor in political theory at the University of Sydney, is now professor in the School of Economics of the Free University of Bolzano, Italy. A member of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences, she has been a visiting fellow at research institutes in Berlin, Oxford, and Uppsala, and was the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Award, taken up at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. She is the author of Royal Persons, Western Republicanism and the Oriental Prince, Mary Astell, Theorist of Freedom from Domination and three editions of Mary Astell's writings. She has also published a number of articles on Hobbes and has co-edited a critical edition of Hobbes' Historia Eccesiastica.