Leviathan Leviathan question


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Is Leviathan a reflex of what happens nowadays?
Laura Laura Oct 16, 2012 02:35AM
What applicability do you think Leviathan has in our actual world crisis?



I think there is at least one of Hobbes' concern that is still (and will probably always be) worth asking: does sovereignty accommodate half-ways? As in how meaningful it is to try and restrain the power of the individual we are granting authority on our life - how much of our natural freedom can we retain, and how responsible are we for the actions of the appointed sovereign we have willingly or unwillingly submitted ourselves to?
There are likely many more. For example - Hobbes ideals were more peaceful living for the elect few of the commonwealth rather than (social) justice. Would we rather have peace or justice?


Walter (last edited Oct 16, 2012 07:38PM ) Oct 16, 2012 05:20PM   -1 votes
What aspect of our world crisis in particular are you referring to? Economy, morals, climate, trade, politics, distribution of wealth, etc.?
From what I remember of Leviathan, it is more of a treatise concerning the formation of government in its inherent advantages versus a "state of nature" free for all.
We are neck deep in government already.


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