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2007 | 1(16) | 159-178

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Hobbes and a Problem of Power Legitimization


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The article is dedicated to the legal and the political conclusions of Hobbes' theory in respect of their effectiveness in recognising the complicated relations between factual formal and procedural institutions of state and natural human rights. The polemical character of analysis in the article bases on the revision of a criticism of Hobbes' political philosophy which is repeatedly raised and which still concentrates on showing an alleged gap in Hobbes' conception of social covenant. The main point of the critical argument is to show the mistake which consists in deriving the rational system of legal principles from the instincts of a natural being and the legal and political order from 'mortal combat' which supposed to characterize the state of nature. The author's aim is to show invalidity of this argument, which in the last resort always bases on the misinterpretation, i.e., it omits or misinterprets the intersubjective sphere that defines - in Hobbes' philosophy - the relations between people, both on a social and political level, and the state of nature level.


  • M. Mazurek, no address given, contact the journal editor


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