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Hobbes without Grotius

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This essay presents a critique of current views of Hugo Grotius which erroneously see him as a major theorist of natural rights and a formative influence upon the rights theory of Thomas Hobbes. Especially singled out for criticism are the misconceptions due to Richard Tuck in a number of writings that discuss the political ideas of Grotius and Hobbes and the relationship between them. In an examination of Hobbes's conception of natural rights, the essay reaffirms its originality and notes its revolutionary potential contrary to the main intention of Hobbes's own political doctrine.
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Keywords: liberalism; natural law; natural rights; richard tuck; skepticism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 2990 Beaumont Farm Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901, USA.

Publication date: 2000-01-01

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