From the Natural Man to the Political Machine

From the Natural Man to the Political Machine

It is unusual to connect Thomas Hobbes’s political philosophy with liberal thought. This study argues that liberal philosophy is indeed indebted to Hobbes: as a modern thinker he was the first to deduce political rights and obligations from self-interest. While we may say today that Hobbes sustains the capacity of government at the expense of democratic institutions, it is equally clear that he invented the idea of political legitimacy in the modern sense. Analyzing… (more)

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Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften (June 26, 2015)

Parent ISBN: 9783631665503

Page count: 132 pages

Language: English


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