Morality in the Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes: Cases in the Law of Nature

Morality in the Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes: Cases in the Law of Nature

by S. A. Lloyd
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521861675

ISBN-13: 9780521861670

Pub. Date: 07/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this book, S. A. Lloyd offers a radically new interpretation of Hobbes’s laws of nature, revealing them to be not egoistic precepts of personal prudence but rather moral instructions for obtaining the common good. This account of Hobbes’s moral philosophy stands in contrast to both divine command and rational choice interpretations. Drawing from the

Overview

In this book, S. A. Lloyd offers a radically new interpretation of Hobbes’s laws of nature, revealing them to be not egoistic precepts of personal prudence but rather moral instructions for obtaining the common good. This account of Hobbes’s moral philosophy stands in contrast to both divine command and rational choice interpretations. Drawing from the core notion of reciprocity, Lloyd explains Hobbes’s system of “cases in the law of nature” and situates Hobbes’s moral philosophy in the broader context of his political philosophy and views on religion. Offering ingenious new arguments, Lloyd defends a reciprocity interpretation of the laws of nature through which humanity’s common good is secured.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521861670
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2009
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Moral Philosophy, Method and Matter: 1. Moral judgments; 2. Moral judges; Part II. From Psychology to Moral Philosophy: 3. The law of nature: definition and function; 4. A critical examination of derivations of the laws of nature; 5. The reciprocity interpretation of Hobbes' moral philosophy; Part III. From Moral Philosophy to Civil Philosophy: 6. Self-effacing natural law and the duty to submit to government; 7. Fools, hypocrites, zealots, and dupes: civic character and social stability; 8. The unity of practical wisdom.

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