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The performativity of historical knowledge.The concept of «history»in Hobbes's philosophical system

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Keywords: Hobbes; History; Thucydides; Civil War.

This essay examines Hobbes's concept of history since his translation of Thucydides' work until the writing of "Behemoth". The analysis consists of three key moments: the importance of history for the initial acquisition of practical prudence, the devaluation of historical knowledge when Hobbes builds his deductive "scientia civilis", and finally the revaluation of history as a fundamental support to his political science. This last point shows the inadequacy of the coercive logic and the consequent necessity of the historiographical instrument.

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