- The Oxford Handbook of Hobbes
- Hobbes on Logic, or How to Deal with Aristotle’s Legacy
- Hobbes on Language: Propositions, Truth, and Absurdity
- Hobbes’s Mathematical Thought
- Natural Philosophy in Seventeenth-Century Context
- Hobbes on the Foundations of Natural Philosophy
- The Most Curious of Sciences: Hobbes’s Optics
- Hobbes on Liberty, Action, and Free Will
- Reason, Deliberation, and the Passions
- The State of Nature
- Hobbes on the Family
- Natural Law
- Political Obligation
- Authorization and Representation in Hobbes’s <i>Leviathan</i>
- Hobbes (and Austin, and Aquinas) on Law as Command of the Sovereign
- The Sovereign
- Hobbes and Absolutism
- Sovereign Jurisdiction, Territorial Rights, and Membership in Hobbes
- Hobbes and the Social Control of Unsociability
- Hobbes and Religion Without Theology
- Hobbes, Conscience, and Christianity
- Christianity and Civil Religion in Hobbes’s <i>Leviathan</i>
- Thomas Hobbes’s Ecclesiastical History
- Hobbes’s Thucydides
- Making History: The Politics of Hobbes’s Behemoth
- Hobbes on the Nature and Scope of Poetry
- Hobbes and Paradox
Abstract and Keywords
Hobbes is known principally because of his works on political theory, but like many of his contemporaries he had a keen interest in natural sciences and mathematics and especially optics. His research on optics played a key part in the development of his mechanical philosophy and was of major significance in the development of optical science in the seventeenth century. He considered his optical theories to be a break from the Scholastic tradition and developed an explanation of light and vision that was strictly mechanistic. Until the time of Newton and Huygens, Hobbes’s sine law of refraction was the only mechanistic alternative to Descartes’s and was a major influence on Maignan and Barrow’s theories of refraction.
Franco Giudice is Associate Professor in the History of Science at the University of Bergamo (Italy). His work concerns theories of light and vision in the seventeenth century. He is currently working on an edition of Hobbes’s Optical Works with Elaine Stroud for the Clarendon Edition of the Works of Thomas Hobbes.
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