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The puzzle of the sovereign’s smile and the inner complexity of Hobbes’s theory of authorisation

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Odzuck, Eva Helene
Date of publication of this fulltext: 06 Feb 2024 09:56


Hobbes’s theory of authorisation poses numerous puzzles to scholars. The weightiest of these conundrums is a supposed contradiction between chapter 17 of Leviathan, that calls for unconditional submission to the sovereign, and chapter 21, that defends the liberties of the subject. This article offers a fresh perspective on the theory’s consistency, function and addressees. While existing research ...


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