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The Logic of Leviathan: The Moral and Political Theory of Thomas Hobbes

David P. Gauthier


This book presents the most plausible reading of Thomas Hobbes's moral and political theory based on his book, Leviathan. Hobbes constructs a political theory that bases unlimited political authority on unlimited individualism. The conclusion requires the premiss; anything less than unlimited individualism would justify only limited political authority. But the premiss is too strong for the conclusions; as this book shows, from unlimited individualism only anarchy follows. The theory is a failure. But it has two outstanding merits. First of all, Hobbes introduces a number of important moral an ... More

Keywords: Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, moral theory, political theory, individualism, God, nature of man, sovereignty, obligation, authorisation

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Print publication date: 1979 Print ISBN-13: 9780198246169
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246169.001.0001


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David P. Gauthier, author
University of Toronto
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