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PITHY QUOTE FROM Hobbes: Correspondence

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But I am sure that Experience teaches, thus much, that the dispute for precedence betwene the spirituall and civill power, has of late more then any other thing in the world, bene the cause of ciuill warres, in all places of Christendome.

The correspondence of Thomas Hobbes. Volume I: 1622-1659, Letter 37: 23 July/2 August, 1641, Hobbes to William Cavendish, third Earl of Devonshire, from Paris

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The Correspondence of Thomas Hobbes. Electronic Edition.

ISBN: 978-1-57085-399-9

Language: English, Latin, English translation

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Thomas Hobbes. By William Faithorne. Line engraving, published 1668

List of Contents

The Correspondence of Thomas Hobbes contains the definitive edition of Hobbes' correspondence, edited by Noel Malcolm, from Oxford University Press.

Hobbes, Thomas. The correspondence / Thomas Hobbes. Vol. I: 1622-1659. Edited by Noel Malcolm. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.

_____. The correspondence / Thomas Hobbes. Vol. II: 1660-1679. Edited by Noel Malcolm. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.


Noel Malcolm is Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford.

Superb. . . . The state of our knowledge has suddenly been transformed. . . . We must be grateful not merely for the letters that remain but for the truly spectacular job that Dr. Malcolm has done in making them available. The concept of definitive scholarship has been made to seem almost paradoxical in these post-modern days. But research of the quality displayed in these volumes reminds us that the ideal is by no means wholly out of reach.

—Quentin Skinner
New York Review of Books

In these two thick volumes, we witness yet another aspect of Malcolm's prodigious gifts. . . . We are presented with a comprehensive and meticulous example of scholarship."

—The Times

These two volumes constitute the first collection of Hobbes' known correspondence, and their publication is therefore an important literary and philosophical event. . . . They open a window onto many aspects of the 17th century world, anyone interested in history, literature, politics, philosophy, and the history of science will find them utterly absorbing. . . . Interest in Hobbes has been steadily reviving in recent years, and Malcolm's magnificent edition of his correspondence will help to spur that process.

—Financial Times

. . .indispensable to anyone interested in Hobbes.

—The Independent