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Hobbes on Legal Authority and Political Obligation (Hardcover) (Luciano Venezia)

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According to the standard interpretation, Hobbes argues that subjects have binding political obligations because the sanctions for non-compliance provided by the law give them sufficient reason to obey. This view comprises an account of law and a theory of political obligation. The standard interpretation considers that for Hobbes the characteristic feature of law lies in its causal capacity to compel subjects to obey by the use of physical force or the threat to use physical force. In turn, this reading states that subjects are bound to obey the law because so acting best promotes their rational self-interest.Hobbes on Legal Authority and Political Obligation challenges this reading, and develops an alternative interpretation of Hobbes's theory of political obligation. According to the account developed in the book, the directives issued by the sovereign introduce authoritative requirements, so that subjects are morally obligated to obey them.
According to the standard interpretation, Hobbes develops a theory according to which subjects have binding political obligations because the sanctions for non-compliance provided by the law give them sufficient reason to obey. This view comprises an account of law and a theory of political obligation. The standard interpretation states that for Hobbes the characteristic feature of law lies in its causal capacity to compel subjects to obey by the use of physical force or the threat to use physical force. In turn, this reading states that subjects are bound to obey the law because so acting best promotes their rational self-interest.

Hobbes on Legal Authority and Political Obligation challenges this reading, and develops an alternative interpretation of Hobbes's theory of political obligation. According to the account developed by Venezia, the directives issued by the sovereign introduce authoritative requirements, so that subjects are morally obligated to obey them.

Number of Pages: 161.0
Genre: Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement, Philosophy
Sub-Genre: History + Surveys / Medieval, Government / General, Political
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Author: Luciano Venezia
Language: English
Street Date: September 6, 2015
TCIN: 46775800
UPC: 9781137490247
Item Number (DPCI): 247-52-0473

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