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Answer to Sir William Davenant's Preface before Gondibert (Illustrated)


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Thomas Hobbes is a great English philosopher and one of the founders of the modern system of political philosophy. He is in the row with the greatest thinkers as Isaac Newton, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Francis Bacon, and Jean Rousseau. Their collected thoughts has had strong influence on building the foundation of the United States and its endeavor of open society.

In 1650, Hobbes completed and published his ANSWER TO SIR WILLIAM DAVENANT'S PREFACE BEFORE GONDIBERT. William Davenant wrote Gondibert as an epic poem and he tried to combine the modern philosophical theories about government and passion of Thomas Hobbes’s works with the five-act structure of English Renaissance drama. Thomas Hobbes discussed in this book ANSWER TO SIR WILLIAM DAVENANT his views about poem and political philosophy. It is one of few books by Thomas Hobbes who revealed his passion about Homeric and Virgilian epic poem and literary tradition.  

Thomas Hobbes expressed the last words with a great pride and optimism to our future "A great leap in the dark" in his final moments of life. He is forever remembered as essential enabler, reformer, and contributor for that great leap in the dark. His work has produced great influence on modern political philosophy. His view became widely recognised as the foremost philosophical voice and his influence has been felt in nearly every field of the humanities and social sciences.

This book is one of the most important ones about Homeric and Virgilian epic poem and literary tradition and political philosophy by Thomas Hobbes, one of the greatest thinkers of modern philosophy on the planet.


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