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Hobbes's political theory has traditionally been taken to be an endorsement of state power and a prescription for unconditional obedience to the sovereign's will. In this book, Susanne Sreedhar develops a novel interpretation of Hobbes's theory of political obligation and explores important cases where Hobbes claims that subjects have a right to disobey and resist state power, even when their lives are not directly threatened. Drawing attention to this broader set of rights, her comprehensive analysis of Hobbes's account of political disobedience reveals a unified and coherent theory of resistance that has previously gone unnoticed and undefended. Her book will appeal to all who are interested in the nature and limits of political authority, the right of self-defense, the right of revolution, and the modern origins of these issues.Read more
- Provides a historically informed interpretation of Hobbes
- Includes an extended discussion of the work of Hobbes's contemporary philosopher Joseph Raz, and builds on his account of political theory to understand key aspects of Hobbes's philosophy
- Provides a reconstruction of Hobbes's argument using the language and methods of contemporary analytic philosophy
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- Date Published: October 2010
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521197243
- length: 192 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 158 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.45kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Hobbes's right of self-defense
2. The true liberties of subjects
3. Limited obedience to an unlimited sovereign
4. Is Leviathan a 'Rebel's Catechism'?
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