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  1. 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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  2. 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.
  3. 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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  4. Deborah Baumgold (2008). The Difficulties of Hobbes Interpretation. Political Theory 36 (6):827 - 855.
    Idiosyncrasies of Hobbes's composition process, together with a paucity of reliable autobiographical materials and the norms of seventeenth-century manuscript production, render interpretation of his political theory particularly difficult and contentious. These difficulties are surveyed here under three headings: (1) the process of "serial" composition (meaning the production of multiple, often expanded, versions of a work), which was common in the period; (2) the relationship between Hobbes's three political-theory texts-- the "Elements of Law, De Cive", and "Leviathan", which is basic to (...)
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  5. Deborah Baumgold (2005). Ross Harrison, Hobbes, Locke, and Confusion's Masterpiece (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), Pp. 281. Utilitas 17 (3):348-349.
  6. 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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  7. Deborah Baumgold (2004). Composition of Hobbess Elements of Law, The. History of Political Thought 25 (1):16-43.
  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Deborah Baumgold (1993). Pacifying Politics: Resistance, Violence, and Accountability in Seventeenth-Century Contract Theory. Political Theory 21 (1):6-27.
  11. 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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  12. Deborah Baumgold (1983). Subjects and Soldiers: Hobbes on Military Service. History of Political Thought 4 (1):43-64.