Hobbes and Modern Political Thought

Griffith J. E. C.

Edinburgh University Press , Edinburgh, 2016

  • Publication Type: Book / Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press 
  • City: Edinburgh


Reveals the Hobbesian origins of contemporary political concerns, especially the relationships between state, individual and law

Yves Charles Zarka shows you how Hobbes established the framework for modern political thought. Discover the origin of liberalism in the Hobbesian theory of negative liberty; that Hobbesian interest and contract are essential to contemporary discussions of the comportment of economic actors; and how state sovereignty returns anew in the form of the servility of the state. 

At the same time, Zarka controversially argues against received readings claiming that Hobbes is a thinker of a state monopoly on legitimate violence.