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STRATEGY AS ENOUGH: STATESMANSHIP AS THE PEACEMAKER IN HOBBES'S BEHEMOTH

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Abstract:

Behemoth is traditionally read as supporting Hobbes's science from the treatises, but it also goes beyond the strict limitations of Hobbes's science. Understanding how Hobbes expands his approach requires that we examine how A's confidence in institutional reform is met by B's cynicism. Hobbes shifts from an analysis of general inclinations to an analysis of the particular strategies that skilful sovereigns use to acquire and maintain peace. The result is a theory of the state that relies less on> institutional arrangement, and more on effective statesmanship, than we typically see when considering Hobbes's treatises alone.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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