Ideals as Interests in Hobbes's Leviathan: The Power of Mind Over Matter

Cambridge University Press (1992)
S. A. Lloyd proposes a radically new interpretation of Hobbes's Leviathan that shows transcendent interests--interests that override the fear of death--to be crucial to both Hobbes's analysis of social disorder and his proposed remedy to it. Most previous commentators in the analytic philosophical tradition have argued that Hobbes thought that credible threats of physical force could be sufficient to deter people from political insurrection. Professor Lloyd convincingly shows that because Hobbes took the transcendence of religious and moral interests seriously, he never believed that mere physical force could ensure social order. Lloyd's interpretation demonstrates the ineliminability of that half of Leviathan devoted to religion, and attributes to Hobbes a much more plausible conception of human nature than the narrow psychological egoism traditionally attributed to Hobbes.
Keywords Hobbes, Thomas
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Call number JC153.H659.L56 1992
ISBN(s) 0521392438   0521522323   9780521522328     0521392438
DOI 10.2307/2186119
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