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Freedom in Hobbes's Ontology and Semantics: A Comment on Quentin Skinner

Pettit, Philip


The development of Hobbes's thinking about freedom illustrates a general thesis: that the conceptual shifts tracked in contextualist analysis may sometimes be 'semantic' rather than 'ontological' in character; they may be changes in how thinkers apply certain words and concepts to the social world, as they conceive of it, rather than changes in their conception of that world. Quentin Skinner has provided an illuminating account of the shifts in Hobbes's thinking about freedom, thereby...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the History of Ideas
DOI: 10.1353/jhi.2012.0008


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