Liberty, Prudence, Imperfection, and Law

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    Leviathan: I.XIV

    XIV In this chapter Hobbes gives us three definitions which are central to his view of the state of nature, and so central to his view of politics. First, we have natural right:…

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    “Walking The Wire Between Constitutional Law and Hopelessness,” By Erin Sheley

    Many fans of HBO’s acclaimed crime drama The Wire will cite as a favorite moment a scene in which Baltimore drug kingpin Stringer Bell attempts to increase the professionalism…

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    “The Pride of Harvard Law,” By Bruce Frohnen

    It appears that President Obama will be releasing Jonathan Pollard from jail. Pollard is the American citizen convicted of spying on the United States, selling a vast amount of…

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    Leviathan: I.XIII

    I.XIII This short chapter marks the beginning of one of the most famous passages of political philosophy in the English language and is undoubtedly familiar to anyone who has…

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    Leviathan: I.XII

    I.XII Two whole sections of the Leviathan are devoted exclusively to Hobbes’s articulation of the church/state relationship, so when he includes a chapter “Of Religion,” there…

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    Leviathan: I.X-XI

    I.X–XI Having said that what we most desire is power, Hobbes begins a dissection of the different interpretations of power and how it relates to our…


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