The Moral Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes: A Reply to Critics

The Moral Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes: A Reply to Critics Hobbes Studies 23 (2010) 180–187 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI 10.1163/187502510X531697 brill.nl/hobs Th e Moral Philosophy of Th omas Hobbes: A Reply to Critics * S. A. Lloyd Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern California, USC School of Philosophy Mudd Hall of Philosophy, 3709 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0451, E-mail: lloyd@usc.edu Abstract S. A. Lloyd responds to critics of her book Morality in the Philosophy of Th omas Hobbes . She seeks to explain the centrality of Hobbes’s reciprocity theorem to our understanding of his laws of nature. Keywords Hobbes , Morality , Laws of Nature Th ere are three issues that both Professor Martinich and Professor Rhodes raise, which bring out, I think, major areas of philosophical disagreement among us. So in the spirit of poking the raw place that hurts the most, I’ll say something about method, reciprocity, and the social contract approach to political theorizing. I Method Hobbes insisted that the only philosophically respectable method of philoso- phy was defi nitional. A purely analytical approach to complicated empirical questions might seem to be a losing proposition, but no less a fi gure than * I wish to thank Al Martinich for organizing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hobbes Studies Brill

The Moral Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes: A Reply to Critics

Hobbes Studies, Volume 23 (2): 180 – Jan 1, 2010

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© 2010 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Hobbes Studies 23 (2010) 180–187 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI 10.1163/187502510X531697 brill.nl/hobs Th e Moral Philosophy of Th omas Hobbes: A Reply to Critics * S. A. Lloyd Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern California, USC School of Philosophy Mudd Hall of Philosophy, 3709 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0451, E-mail: lloyd@usc.edu Abstract S. A. Lloyd responds to critics of her book Morality in the Philosophy of Th omas Hobbes . She seeks to explain the centrality of Hobbes’s reciprocity theorem to our understanding of his laws of nature. Keywords Hobbes , Morality , Laws of Nature Th ere are three issues that both Professor Martinich and Professor Rhodes raise, which bring out, I think, major areas of philosophical disagreement among us. So in the spirit of poking the raw place that hurts the most, I’ll say something about method, reciprocity, and the social contract approach to political theorizing. I Method Hobbes insisted that the only philosophically respectable method of philoso- phy was defi nitional. A purely analytical approach to complicated empirical questions might seem to be a losing proposition, but no less a fi gure than * I wish to thank Al Martinich for organizing

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Published: Jan 1, 2010

Keywords: MORALITY; LAWS OF NATURE; HOBBES

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