Civil Liberty in Hobbes's Commonwealth

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Abstract

Hobbes has been long accused of providing a political philosophy that threatens individual liberty. While some commentators have tried to rescue him from this criticism, little attention has been paid to the specifics of his statements on such topics as freedom of speech, censorship, and property rights. In this paper, I examine what Hobbes says on these issues and conclude that his overwhelming priority is to defend liberty once peace has been secured. I conclude by suggesting that Hobbes's political project has some similarities with current liberal proceduralist theories of justice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-38
JournalAustralian Journal of Political Science
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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