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Thomas Hobbes on Absolutism - Dictionary of Arguments

Höffe I 228
Absolutism/Hobbes/Höffe: The reason leading to civil war in early modern times, the competing claims to absoluteness of religious confessions and political authorities, has often enough appeared since the 20th century as an exclusive claim of political confessions. Consequently, the closer form of Hobbes' philosophy of state, its absolutism, proves to be counterproductive even today.
HöffeVsHobbes: For people to be able to be sure of their lives, they certainly need a state order. In contrast to Hobbes, however, human existence is threatened not only in the stateless state of anarchy, but also in the latent or acutely despotic situation of an omnipotent state power: the absolutist sovereign is not suitable for the guiding idea of the political.


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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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