Reclaiming the Rights of the Hobbesian Subject

  • Eleanor Curran

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Eleanor Curran
      Pages 1-7
  3. The Historical Context of Hobbes’s Political Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Eleanor Curran
      Pages 26-62
  4. Hobbes’s Theory of Rights: The Textual Argument

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Eleanor Curran
      Pages 65-102
  5. Hobbes and Theories of Natural Law and Natural Rights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
  6. Hobbes’s Theory of Rights — A Modern Secular Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 187-205

About this book


'There are no substantive rights for subjects in Hobbes's political theory, only bare freedoms without correlated duties to protect them'. Curran challenges this orthodoxy of Hobbes scholarship, and argues that Hobbes's theory is not a theory of natural rights but rather, a modern, secular theory of rights, with relevance to modern rights theory.


law natural law political theory Thomas Hobbes

Authors and affiliations

  • Eleanor Curran
    • 1
  1. 1.Kent UniversityEngland

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