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McCoubrey & White's Textbook on Jurisprudence

McCoubrey & White's Textbook on Jurisprudence (5th edn)

James Penner and Emmanuel Melissaris
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date: 03 December 2021

10. The Legal and Political Philosophy of Thomas Hobbeslocked

10. The Legal and Political Philosophy of Thomas Hobbeslocked

  • J. E. PennerJ. E. PennerProfessor of Law, University College London
  •  and E. MelissarisE. MelissarisSenior Lecturer in Law, London School of Economics

Abstract

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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