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Hobbes and the Law

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David Dyzenhaus, Thomas Poole, Martin Loughlin, Ross Harrison, Michael Lobban, Alice Ristroph, Evan Fox-Decent, Lars Vinx, Dennis Klimchuk, Daniel Lee
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  • Date Published: November 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107470910

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  • Hobbes's political thought provokes a perennial fascination. It has become particularly prominent in recent years, with the surge of scholarly interest evidenced by a number of monographs in political theory and philosophy. At the same time, there has been a turn in legal scholarship towards political theory in a way that engages recognisably Hobbesian themes, for example the relationship between security and liberty. However, there is surprisingly little engagement with Hobbes's views on legal theory in general and on certain legal topics, despite the fact that Hobbes devoted whole works to legal inquiry and gave law a prominent role in his works focused on politics. This volume seeks to remedy this gap by providing the first collection of specially commissioned essays devoted to Hobbes and the law.

    • The first collection of specially commissioned essays dedicated to an important topic
    • Interdisciplinary nature exposes readers to the perspectives of law, history, philosophy and political theory
    • Deepens our understanding of a major political theorist
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "… it seems clear that Hobbes and the Law succeeds in illuminating the breadth and depth of Hobbes' legal theory and at the same time succeeds in bringing to light the variety of different possible understandings of it. It thus amounts to a highly valuable contribution to Hobbes scholarship."
    David Undersrud, The Cambridge Law Journal

    "All in all, the volume offers a good overview of some important topics in Hobbes’s legal philosophy. Many of the chapters are of high quality and make real contributions to scholarship. This is especially true, in my view, of the more historically-oriented chapters. Add the fact that several contributors present mutually conflicting interpretations and the picture arising from this volume is one of an on-going and fertile debate."
    Johan Olsthoorn, Tijdschrift voor Filosofie

    "Hobbes and the Law is an important contribution to Hobbes studies and is to be roundly recommended."
    Susanne Sreedhar, Ethics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107470910
    • length: 254 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction David Dyzenhaus and Thomas Poole
    2. The political jurisprudence of Thomas Hobbes Martin Loughlin
    3. The equal extent of natural and civil law Ross Harrison
    4. Thomas Hobbes and the common law Michael Lobban
    5. Hobbes on law and prerogative Thomas Poole
    6. Criminal law for humans Alice Ristroph
    7. Hobbes's relational theory: beneath power and consent Evan Fox-Decent
    8. Hobbes on civic liberty and the rule of law Lars Vinx
    9. Hobbes on equity Dennis Klimchuk
    10. Hobbes on the authority of law David Dyzenhaus
    11. Hobbes and the civil law: the use of Roman law in Hobbes's civil science Daniel Lee.

  • Editors

    David Dyzenhaus, University of Toronto
    David Dyzenhaus is Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

    Thomas Poole, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Thomas Poole is Reader in Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


    David Dyzenhaus, Thomas Poole, Martin Loughlin, Ross Harrison, Michael Lobban, Alice Ristroph, Evan Fox-Decent, Lars Vinx, Dennis Klimchuk, Daniel Lee

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