March 19, 2009

(Self-)Quote of the Day: A Controversial Claim for Your Consideration

Hobbes's normative theory implicitly commits him to the belief that a constitutionally limited government of the sort that would later be described by John Locke would be a paradise if only it could be achieved and maintained.

    - Kenneth L. Pearce, "Deposing Leviathan: Hobbes and Locke on Grievances Against the State" (working draft)

This is the last sentence of a paper that I just finished my first draft of. (I'm running a little late - it's due tomorrow evening!) As I'm editing, I'll be taking a closer look to try to see whether I've really established a claim this strong. So, readers, what do you think? Given that Hobbes's principal claim is often thought to be precisely that stable limited government is impossible, how damaging is this claim to Hobbes's project? Is it even as controversial as I think it is?

Posted by Kenny at March 19, 2009 6:53 PM
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