Critical review of a primary text -Hobbes’s Leviathan
As a basic outline, these reviews should:
Identify the text, indicate the key aspects which will be discussed, and state
the purpose of the review.
Provide a brief summary of the range, contents, and argument of the book.
Critically discuss two to three key issues raised in the book.
Set out the author’s argument, then criticise and evaluate it, supporting your
criticisms with evidence drawn from the text itself and/or from other writings.
For the conclusion, evaluate the overall contribution the book has to the
development of knowledge in this particular area or discipline, setting it in the
context of other writings in the field.
Provide a correctly formatted bibliography of all sources referred to.
references: (recommended readings)
Boucher, D. & P. Kelly (2009) Political Thinkers: from Socrates to the present,
Readhead, B. (1995) Plato to NATO: Studies in Political Thought, London:
Zwolinski, M. (2014) Arguing About Political Philosophy, Oxon: Routledge.
Boyd, R. (2001) ‘Thomas Hobbes and the Perils of Pluralism’, The Journal of
Politics, 63 (2): 392-413.
Byron, M. (2015) Submission and Subjection in Leviathan: Good Subjects in the
Hobbesian Commonwealth, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Taylor, A.E. (1996) ‘The ethical doctrine of Hobbes’ in Lively, J. & A. Reeve (eds.)
Modern Political Theory from Hobbes to Marx, London: Routledge: 19-39.
Venezia, L. (2015) Hobbes on Legal Authority and Political Obligation,
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Williams, M.C. (1996) ‘Hobbes and International Relations: a reconsideration’,
International Organization, 50 (2): 213-236.
Yurdusev, A.N. (2006) ‘Thomas Hobbes and International Relations: from realism
to rationalism’, Australian Journal of International Affairs, 60 (2): 305-321.