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Thomas Hobbes on Authority - Dictionary of Arguments

Höffe I 222
Authority/Hobbes/Höffe: [Context here: Hobbes' theory of law]: Hobbes' own thesis "validity by virtue of authority"(1), is based on a multidimensional concept. "Authority" means an "author", i.e. originator and will, who has the power to enforce his will. In contrast to organized crime, power is not violentia, pure violence, but potestas, an authorized violence. Thanks to authorization, a legal system becomes legal: the decision once it has come into force remains part of the existing law as long as no new decision has been made.


1. Hobbes, Leviathan, Chap. 26.


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Hobbes I
Thomas Hobbes
Leviathan: With selected variants from the Latin edition of 1668 Cambridge 1994

Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
Geschichte des politischen Denkens München 2016


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