Introduction: Reading Hobbes as a Theorist of Anarchy and Authority

@inproceedings{Lechner2019IntroductionRH,
  title={Introduction: Reading Hobbes as a Theorist of Anarchy and Authority},
  author={S. Lechner},
  year={2019}
}
This chapter introduces the central thesis of the book: that Hobbes is best read as a theorist of authority (right to rule) and anarchy (‘state of nature’). Anarchy is shown to be the grounding mechanism for the state in Hobbes’s political philosophy. This differentiates Hobbes’s position from that of contemporary political philosophers who justify the state by appealing to moral principles. The chapter warns against reductionist readings of Hobbes’s concept of a state of nature, associated… Expand

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