The Americas in Early Modern Political Theory - States of Nature and Aboriginality
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“In this book, Stephanie Martens has produced an original reading of social contract theorists read against the historical backdrop of a wider discourse of ‘Aboriginality’ circulating in western European societies in the 16th and 17th centuries. Bringing the travel literatures of the time, together with the canonical works of Hobbes, Locke and others, this book is a must-read. It will be indispensable for scholars of the social contract tradition, especially those thinking through the social imaginary of settler societies like Canada and the United States.” (Catherine Kellogg, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Alberta, Canada)
“This work of historically grounded political theory deepens our understanding of the myriad ways that Indigenous peoples have served as the screen upon which Europe projects its fantasies and fears. In moving across a diverse and eclectic range of literary, legal, and philosophical texts, it moreover challenges longstanding delineations of the 'canon' upon which such violence are inscribed.” (Robert Nichols, Assistant Professor of Political Theory, University of Minnesota, USA)
An original reading of two important texts in early modern social contract theory: Hobbes’s Leviathan and Locke’s Treatises of Government.
Provides a theoretical and framework bridge between post-colonial studies and key texts of Western political thought
Conveys an unexamined perspective on early modern political philosophy