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    Deborah Baumgold (2005). Hobbes's and Locke's Contract Theories: Political Not Metaphysical. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 8 (3):289-308.
    Abstract Inspired by Rawls?s admission that his twentieth?century contract theory builds in the parochial horizon of modern constitutional democracy, this essay critically examines two truisms about seventeenth?century contract theory. The first is the stock view that the English case is irrelevant to the logic of Leviathan and the Second Treatise. To the contrary, I argue that their political conclusions depend on introducing constitutional and legal ?facts?, in particular, facts about the constitution of the English monarchy. Second, I challenge the Whiggish (...)
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    Deborah Baumgold (1993). Pacifying Politics: Resistance, Violence, and Accountability in Seventeenth-Century Contract Theory. Political Theory 21 (1):6-27.
  3. Deborah Baumgold (2003). Hobbes. In David Boucher & P. J. Kelly (eds.), Political Thinkers: From Socrates to the Present. Oxford University Press 163--180.
     
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    Deborah Baumgold (2013). "Trust" in Hobbes's Political Thought. Political Theory 41 (6):0090591713499764.
    “Trust” is not usually considered a Hobbesian concept, which is odd since it is central to the definition of a covenant. The key to understanding Hobbes’s concept of trust is to be found in his account of conquest— “sovereignty by acquisition”—which is a heavily revised adaptation of the Roman justification of slavery. Hobbes introduces a distinction between servants, who are trusted with liberty, and imprisoned slaves. The servant/master relationship involves mutual trust, an ongoing exchange of benefits (protection for service and (...)
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    Deborah Baumgold (2004). Composition of Hobbess Elements of Law, The. History of Political Thought 25 (1):16-43.
    Hobbes claimed to have written the The Elements of Law during the Short Parliament of the spring of 1640. However, it seems unlikely that such a lengthy, systematic treatise could have been composed in so short a time. This article closely examines the text to make the case that the bulk of it was written prior to the 1640 political crisis. What was probably written that spring were chapters defending absolutism. Their hurried composition accounts in particular for the odd assertion (...)
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    Deborah Baumgold (1988). Hobbes's Political Theory. Cambridge University Press.
    Chapter Introduction Hobbes's political doctrine presents the unusual feature that it has given rise to an "official" interpretation, in terms of which, ...
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    Deborah Baumgold (2005). Ross Harrison, Hobbes, Locke, and Confusion's Masterpiece (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), Pp. 281. Utilitas 17 (3):348-349.
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    Deborah Baumgold (2009). Hobbesian Absolutism and the Paradox of Modern Contractarianism. European Journal of Political Theory 8 (2):207-228.
    Hobbes's defense of absolutism involves the dual claims that consent is the foundation of legitimate authority and that sovereignty is necessarily absolute. It is a paradoxical combination of claims: If absolute government is the product of choice how can it also be the sole possible constitution? While all of Hobbes's contractarian successors have rejected his preference for absolutism, his dual claims have become commonplace. Since Hobbes, contract thinkers routinely assert that people will choose their preferred constitution and that it is (...)
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  9. Deborah Baumgold (1983). Subjects and Soldiers: Hobbes on Military Service. History of Political Thought 4 (1):43-64.
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    Deborah Baumgold (2010). Slavery Discourse Before the Restoration: The Barbary Coast, Justinian's Digest, and Hobbes's Political Theory. History of European Ideas 36 (4):412-418.
    Seventeenth-century natural-law philosophers participated in colonizing and slave-trading companies, yet they discussed slavery as an abstraction. This dispassionate approach is commonly explained with the “distance thesis” that the practice of slavery was at some remove from Northwest Europe. I contest the thesis, with a specific focus on pre-Restoration English discourse and Hobbes's political theory. By laying out the salient context — English experience of Barbary-coast slavery and an inherited neo-Roman intellectual frame — I argue, first, that slavery was hardly a (...)
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  11. Deborah Baumgold (2000). When Hobbes Needed History. In G. A. J. Rogers & Tom Sorell (eds.), Hobbes and History. Routledge 25--43.
     
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    Deborah Baumgold (2009). UnParadoxical Hobbes: In Reply to Springborg. Political Theory 37 (5):689 - 693.