Covenant: Hobbes’s Philosophy of Religion and his Political System ‘More Geometrico’

  • Klaus-Michael Kodalle
Part of the Archives Internationales D’histoire des Idées/International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 111)


In Hobbes’s theory there seems to be a fundamental contradiction between determinism and choice of norms. Does Hobbes acknowledge self-determination in respect of norms? Or does he opt for a compelling system of philosophic determinism in nature which defines liberty as absence of external impediments? Does he pay attention to the difference between those actions which man performs and those which he is allowed to do? Between the fact of obedience and the validity of laws? Between the explanation of facts and the foundation of ought-sentences?


Sovereign Power Historical Situation Religious Idea Substantial Truth Original Contract 
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© Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (Kluwer Academic Publishers), Dordrecht 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Klaus-Michael Kodalle
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  1. 1.Universität HamburgGermany

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