Hobbes on Equality: Context, Rhetoric, Argument

Curran, Eleanor (2012) Hobbes on Equality: Context, Rhetoric, Argument. Hobbes Studies, 25 (2). pp. 166-187. ISSN 0921-5891. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/18750257-02502003

Abstract

It is often argued that Hobbes’s arguments for natural and political equality are used instrumentally. This paper does not argue against the instrumental arguments but seeks to broaden the discussion; to analyse aspects of Hobbes’s arguments and comments on equality that are often ignored. In the context of the anti-egalitarian arguments of leading contemporary royalist commentators, Hobbes’s arguments and remarks are strikingly egalitarian. The paper argues, first, that there is an ideological disagreement between Hobbes and leading royalists on equality. Second, that Hobbes believes in natural equality as well as using the arguments for equality instrumentally.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: royalism; egalitarianism; Hobbes; ideological; equality
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sarah Slowe
Date Deposited: 16 May 2012 08:37
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2013 10:15
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29469 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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