Leviathan Unbound: Hobbes Across the Disciplines

 The Center for Early Cultures     Dec 9 2021 - Dec 11 2021 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Zoom

Add to Calendar 12/09/2021 10:00 AM 12/11/2021 4:00 PM America/Los_Angeles Leviathan Unbound: Hobbes Across the Disciplines Please click the URL for event detail information. https://www.humanities.uci.edu./SOH/calendar/event_details.php?eid=9263 Zoom

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Leviathan Unbound: Hobbes Across the Disciplines

December 9th -11th, 2021


This two-day webinar on Hobbes’ perennially controversial work, Leviathan, takes advantage of its academic setting, whose disciplinary borders arguably create something like the “silo effect” much lamented in America’s currently divisive politics. 

The webinar occasions an experiment in the permeability of academic borders, since Hobbes’ book is a cynosure for a remarkable number of fields.  Each inevitably understands the text within the framework of its analytical values and methods, with the result that, notwithstanding the compulsive clarity of Hobbes’ prose, the different constructions academe has placed on his words have produced as many Leviathans as there are fields which claim him for their own.  Along with UCI faculty, the speakers will include several leading Hobbes scholars from other institutions:  Kinch Hoekstra (Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science, UC Berkeley), Sharon Lloyd (Professor of Philosophy and Law, USC), James Martel (Professor of Political Science, San Francisco State), Ted H. Miller (Associate Professor of Political Sciences, University of Alabama), Markku Peltonen (Academy Professor of Philosophy, History and Art Studies, University of Helsinki), and Tracy Strong (Professor of  Political Theory and Philosophy, University of Southampton and Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego). Collectively, their work engages Hobbes’ thought from the perspectives of philosophy, political theory, history, law, history of science, rhetoric, literature and visual culture.
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