Hobbes on Natural Right in Society: The Leviathan Account

  title={Hobbes on Natural Right in Society: The Leviathan Account},
  author={D. J. C. Carmichael},
  journal={Canadian Journal of Political Science},
  pages={3 - 21}
  • D. Carmichael
  • Published 1 March 1990
  • Philosophy
  • Canadian Journal of Political Science
Abstract This article examines Hobbes' conception of natural right in society as presented in Part Two of Leviathan (primarily chapters 21 and 26 through 28). In contrast to Hobbes' earlier works, this section contains an implicit but important account of natural rights (called “true liberties”) in society and a corresponding set of restrictions on the proper use of law and punishment. Authority is thus absolute, but its proper use is limited. I argue that these limits are significant, that… 

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