Liberty, Prudence, Imperfection, and Law

    The people of Israel demand a king. "First Book of Samuel Chapter 8-2" by Distant Shores Media/Sweet Publishing. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

    Leviathan: II.XX

    II.XX Hobbes shifts briefly from his discussion of a “commonwealth by institution” to the nature of a “commonwealth by acquisition,” which is that where the sovereign…

    Succession is the most difficult issue facing monarchy, according to Hobbes.

    Leviathan: II.XIX

    II.XIX Having established our responsibility to the commonwealth, Hobbes now turns to two critical questions in the field of political science: what kinds of commonwealths might…

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