Hobbes’s ‘Science of Natural Justice’

  • Craig Walton
  • Paul J. Johnson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Editor’s Introduction

    1. Craig Walton, Paul J. Johnson
      Pages 1-18
  3. Task of the ‘Science of Natural Justice’

  4. Logic and Language of this Science

  5. Natural Right and the State of Nature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Brian Stoffel
      Pages 123-138
    3. Paul J. Johnson
      Pages 139-151
    4. Gary B. Herbert
      Pages 181-199
  6. Generating the Commonwealth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Herbert W. Schneider
      Pages 219-222
  7. Justice and Equity in the Commonwealth

  8. Hobbes Today

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-277
    2. Isabel C. Hungerland
      Pages 279-296
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 309-312

About this book


Unlike many major figures in Western intellectual history, Hobbes has refused to become dated and quietly take his appointed place in the museum of historical scholarship. Whether by way of adoption or reaction, his ideas have remained vibrant forces in mankind's attempts to understand the problems and dilemmas of living peaceably with one another. As Richard Ashcraft said a few years ago: One of the standards by which the greatness of political theorists is measured, is their ability to evoke in us new insights into 'the human condition'. Only a few political writers have risen Dionysus-like from the titanic assaults of their critics to become even more formidable forces in the shaping of our destiny. One of these giants is surely the irascible l and irrepressible Thomas Hobbes . Given the power of Hobbes's thought, it is not then perhaps surprising to find that his writings have generated seemingly endless scholarly controversy and an astonishing range of imcompatible interpretations. Among other things, he has been interpreted as a theist and an atheist, as a utilitarian and a deontologist, a humanist and a scientist, as a traditional natural law theorist and a legal positivist, a contractualist and an absolutist - indeed, as Professor Morris notes in his contribution to the present volume, 'as almost any kind of philosophical 'ist except Platonist or Aristotelist'.


15th century Thomas Hobbes justice philosophy of history state of nature

Editors and affiliations

  • Craig Walton
    • 1
  • Paul J. Johnson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of NevadaLas VegasUSA
  2. 2.California State CollegeSan BernardinoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8060-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-3485-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0066-6610
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