Hobbes and Locke on authority

Hobbes and Locke on authority Hobbes and Locke on authority G.A.J. ROGERS Introduction The commitment to contract theories of the state clearly lies at the centre of much of the similarity between the political philosophies of Hobbes and Locke. Equally obviously they are importantly different. Here I shall consider their similarities and differences with regard to the nature and grounding of authority. I will sug- gest that differences between them provide insight into the varying roles played within their theories by religion and in particular its connection with their the- ories of autonomy. I begin with some of the features of Hobbes's theory. I then turn to Locke and make comparisons between the two. I finish with some brief and by no means definitive consideration of the implications of these similarities and differences for our understanding of their overall positions. The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines authority as the 'power or right to en- force obedience'. The definition captures an ambiguity in our concept of auth- ority which is important for the accounts of both Hobbes and Locke. How far authority may be unpacked in terms of power alone, and how much it owes to the notion of a right are important questions for http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hobbes Studies Brill

Hobbes and Locke on authority

Hobbes Studies , Volume 10 (1): 38 – Jan 1, 1997

Loading next page...
 
/lp/brill/hobbes-and-locke-on-authority-2imQ3JBXRu
Publisher
BRILL
Copyright
© 1997 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0921-5891
eISSN
1875-0257
D.O.I.
10.1163/187502597X00042
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

Hobbes and Locke on authority G.A.J. ROGERS Introduction The commitment to contract theories of the state clearly lies at the centre of much of the similarity between the political philosophies of Hobbes and Locke. Equally obviously they are importantly different. Here I shall consider their similarities and differences with regard to the nature and grounding of authority. I will sug- gest that differences between them provide insight into the varying roles played within their theories by religion and in particular its connection with their the- ories of autonomy. I begin with some of the features of Hobbes's theory. I then turn to Locke and make comparisons between the two. I finish with some brief and by no means definitive consideration of the implications of these similarities and differences for our understanding of their overall positions. The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines authority as the 'power or right to en- force obedience'. The definition captures an ambiguity in our concept of auth- ority which is important for the accounts of both Hobbes and Locke. How far authority may be unpacked in terms of power alone, and how much it owes to the notion of a right are important questions for

Journal

Hobbes StudiesBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1997

There are no references for this article.

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Search

Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly

Organize

Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.

Access

Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

DeepDyve

Freelancer

DeepDyve

Pro

Price

FREE

$49/month
$360/year

Save searches from
Google Scholar,
PubMed

Create lists to
organize your research

Export lists, citations

Read DeepDyve articles

Abstract access only

Unlimited access to over
18 million full-text articles

Print

20 pages / month

PDF Discount

20% off