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Thomas Hobbes on Contract Theory - Dictionary of Arguments

Brocker I 575
Contract Theory/Hobbes/KerstingVsBuchanan/Kersting: Even Hobbes' theory is more acceptable than Buchanan's theory (1), because as a consequence of the descriptive-empirical - and in its truth content quite doubtful - assumption of an all-round threat symmetry (everyone must be careful of everyone) Hobbes receives a contractual situation that indirectly and directly realizes the fairness structure described by the above keywords. Hobbes' individuals are equal and act as equals in the contractual situation. This is the only reason why Hobbes' philosophy has been able to remain in the discussion for so long, because its natural state provides an empirical interpretation of a normative condition that we cannot do without if the contractual argument is to be of any theoretical justification relevance.


1.Vgl. James M. Buchanan, The Limits of Liberty. Between Anarchy and Leviathan, Chicago/London 1975. Dt.: James M. Buchanan, Die Grenzen der Freiheit. Zwischen Anarchie und Leviathan, Tübingen 1984.

Wolfgang Kersting, „James M. Buchanan, Die Grenzen der Freiheit“ in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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