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UCI Early Cultures - Leviathan Unbound: Hobbes Across the Disciplines
This three-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) 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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