Hobbes Studies 22 (2009) 49–69 brill.nl/hobs © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI 10.1163/187502509X415247 1 Numerous ER works abound. In what follows I will reference three: David Gauthier, Th e Logic of Leviathan (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1969); Jean Hampton, Hobbes and the Social Contract Tradition (Cambridge: CUP, 1986); and Gregory Kavka, Hobbesian Moral and Political Th eory (Princeton University Press, 1986). See also the following two articles by Gauthier: “Th omas Hobbes: Moral Th eorist”, Th e Journal of Philosophy , 76 (1979), 547-59 and “Hobbes: Th e Laws of Nature”, Paciﬁ c Philosophical Quarterly , 82 (2001), 258-284. In his 1979 discussion Gauthier comes very close to accepting a limited voluntarist account. Hobbes’s Voluntarist Th eory of Morals Martin T. Harvey PhD, Department of Philosophy; RT 1930, 2121 Euclid Avenue Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH 44115, USA email: email@example.com Abstract Two interpretations of Hobbes’s theory of morals dominate the subject: the Egoistic Reading (ER) and the Naturalist Reading (NR). According to ER, all of Hobbes’s moral concepts are self-interested at their core. According to NR, Hobbes’s Laws of Nature set down genuine moral obligations/virtues both inside of the state of nature and out. Th is article rejects
Hobbes Studies – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: VOLUNTARISM; OBLIGATION; HOBBES; FELICITY
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