"The Political Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes"

This article engages and seeks to develop Michel Foucault's account of the nexus between modern politics, security, and war. Focusing on his 1976 lecture series Society Must Be Defended, the article considers Foucault's tentative hypothesis about how the logic of war becomes inscribed into modern politics through the principle of security. Contra Foucault, it is suggested that this nexus can already be found in the proto-liberal political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. In order to make this argument, the article focuses on the ontological dimension of Hobbes' thought. It suggests that the relationship between the state of war and political order in Hobbes is more complex and more ambiguous than Foucault thought. Rather than being transcended, the Hobbesian state of war is appropriated by the state, and converted into the fundamental antagonism between reason and passion. The latter gives rise to a regime of security through which a relationship of war is inscribed into the Hobbesian commonwealth.

Leo Strauss pinpoints what is original and innovative in the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes.

My Ph.D. thesis was on the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes with a focus on language, epistemology, rhetoric, and the spectacular practice of sovereign power. The thesis was awarded the 2013 New School for Social Research Commencement Award "in recognition of Ph.D. research that is of the highest quality and the excellence of the dissertation". This is the highest honor the university bestows.

“The Political Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes,” Think Summer, 2004, pp

business ethics inspired by the moral and political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes S.A. Lloyd, ed., ‘Special Issue on Recent Work on the Moral and Political Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes’, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 82, nos. 3&4 (2001).

(1957) The Political Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes

The American liberal tradition is rooted in the 17th and 18th century English political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Adam Smith. A collective reading of their works would yield the following two major principles defining free-market liberalism:

Three readings of the political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes