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Hobbes and the law of nature [electronic resource] / Perez Zagorin.

By: Zagorin, Perez.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2009Description: 1 online resource (xi, 177 p.).ISBN: 9781400832026 (electronic bk.); 1400832020 (electronic bk.); 0691139806 (hardcover : alk. paper); 9780691139807 (hardcover : alk. paper); 1282458639; 9781282458635.Subject(s): Hobbes, Thomas, 1588-1679 | Natural law | PHILOSOPHY -- Ethics & Moral Philosophy | Hobbes, Thomas | NaturrechtGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Hobbes and the law of nature.DDC classification: 171/.2 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Some basic Hobbesian concepts. The law of nature; Hobbes's critique of the natural law tradition; Natural rights -- Enter the law of nature. Human nature; The state of nature or man's natural condition; The precepts of the law of nature; Natural rights and the creation of the commonwealth; Consent, fear obligation, and populism -- The sovereign and the law of nature. The theory of sovereignty; The liberty of subjects; Hobbes's very moral sovereign -- Hobbes, the moral philosopher. Self and others; obligation; Is and ought; Religion and toleration.
Summary: Thomas Hobbes remains one of the most challenging and controversial of early modern philosophers, and debates persist about the interpretation of many of his ideas, particularly his views about natural law and natural right. In this book, Perez Zagorin argues that these two concepts are the twin foundations of the entire structure of Hobbes's moral and political thought. Zagorin clears up numerous misconceptions about Hobbes and his relation to earlier natural law thinkers, in particular Hugo Grotius, and he reasserts the often overlooked role of the Hobbesian law of nature as a moral standard from which even sovereign power is not immune. Because Hobbes is commonly thought to be primarily a theorist of sovereignty, political absolutism, and unitary state power, the significance of his moral philosophy is often underestimated and widely assumed to depend entirely on individual self-interest. Zagorin reveals Hobbes's originality as a moral philosopher and his importance as a thinker who subverted and transformed the idea of natural law. --From publisher's description.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Some basic Hobbesian concepts. The law of nature; Hobbes's critique of the natural law tradition; Natural rights -- Enter the law of nature. Human nature; The state of nature or man's natural condition; The precepts of the law of nature; Natural rights and the creation of the commonwealth; Consent, fear obligation, and populism -- The sovereign and the law of nature. The theory of sovereignty; The liberty of subjects; Hobbes's very moral sovereign -- Hobbes, the moral philosopher. Self and others; obligation; Is and ought; Religion and toleration.

Thomas Hobbes remains one of the most challenging and controversial of early modern philosophers, and debates persist about the interpretation of many of his ideas, particularly his views about natural law and natural right. In this book, Perez Zagorin argues that these two concepts are the twin foundations of the entire structure of Hobbes's moral and political thought. Zagorin clears up numerous misconceptions about Hobbes and his relation to earlier natural law thinkers, in particular Hugo Grotius, and he reasserts the often overlooked role of the Hobbesian law of nature as a moral standard from which even sovereign power is not immune. Because Hobbes is commonly thought to be primarily a theorist of sovereignty, political absolutism, and unitary state power, the significance of his moral philosophy is often underestimated and widely assumed to depend entirely on individual self-interest. Zagorin reveals Hobbes's originality as a moral philosopher and his importance as a thinker who subverted and transformed the idea of natural law. --From publisher's description.

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