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(p. 155) 10. The Legal and Political Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes 

(p. 155) 10. The Legal and Political Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes
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(p. 155) 10. The Legal and Political Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes
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J. E. Penner

and E. Melissaris

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780199584345.003.0010
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date: 23 May 2019

This chapter explores the legal and philosophy of Hobbes. It covers foundational assumptions; ‘man’s natural condition’ or the state of nature; exit from the state of nature and entry into the civil condition; the social contract; the sovereign’s powers and the form and content of government and law; and whether Hobbes’s political philosophy is liberal and suitable for our times.

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