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Leviathan and Sovereignty
A look at Chapter 18 of Thomas Hobbes' "Leviathan" where he discusses the rights of a sovereign.
# 6320 | 1,345 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Feb 09, 2003 in History (British) , Philosophy (History) , Political Science (General)

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An analysis of writings which took place during political turmoil of the English Civil Wars during the 1640's. Thomas Hobbes argues for absolute sovereignty, as well as the idea that sovereignty cannot commit injury against the commonwealth and that such absolute sovereignty would not be oppressive.

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"Hobbes' argument that sovereignty would not commit an injustice is set up by his argument that everyone (the subjects) is the author of the actions and judgments that the sovereignty makes. In Hobbes' political structure, those who were not originally in favor of the sovereignty that ends up with the "most votes" per say, still must support the sovereignty. In having the right to vote their opinion, they are basically promising to support the sovereignty no matter what " even if their sovereignty loses the vote. In relation to our political system, if we vote, we must support the President no matter what " even if our candidate doesn't get the Presidency. Therefore, according to Hobbes, "because every subject is by this institution author of all the actions and the judgments of the sovereign instituted", it is understood that what he does "can be no injury to any of his subjects" (232). He continues the argument by stating how men who speak out against the sovereignty's actions "complainant of that whereof he himself is author" (232). He reiterates his initial position by pointing out that it is possible for the sovereignty to "commit iniquity", but not any injustice."

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