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Machiavelli, Hobbes, & the Formation of a Liberal Republicanism in England

Vickie Sullivan, Political Theory


Certain English writers of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, whom scholars often associate with classical republicanism, were not, in fact, hostile to liberalism. Indeed, these thinkers contributed to a synthesis of liberalism and modern republicanism. As this book argues, Marchamont Nedham, James Harrington, Henry Neville, Algernon Sidney, and John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon, the coauthors of a series of editorials entitled Cato's Letters, provide a synthesis that responds to the demands of both republicans and liberals by offering a politically engaged citizenry as well as the protection of individual rights. The book also reinterprets the writings of Machiavelli and Hobbes to show that each contributed in a fundamental way to the formation of this liberal republicanism. Purchase this book >

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgements ix
Introduction 1
Part I: The Foundations of Liberal Republicanism  
1 Machiavelli's Republicanism 31
2 Hobbes on Peace, the Passions, and Politics 80
Part II: The Formation of the the Synthesis  
3 Marchamont Nedham and the Beginnings of a Liberal Republicanism 113
4 The Distinctive Modern Republicanism of James Harrington 144
5 Henry Neville's Proposal for a Republic under the Form of Monarchy 174
6 Algernon Sidney as Anticipator of Locke and Secret Admirer of Machiavelli 199
7 Cato's Thought as the Reconciliation of Machiavellian Republicanism and Lockean Liberalism 227
  Conclusion 259
Works Cited 269
Index 279