Pyrrhonism in the Political Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes
Author: Hamilton, James J.
Source: British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Volume 20, Number 2, 1 March 2012 , pp. 217-247(31)
Abstract:The importance of Pyrrhonism to Hobbes's political philosophy is much greater than has been recognized. He seems to have used Pyrrhonist arguments to support a doctrine of moral relativity, but he was not a sceptic in the Pyrrhonist sense. These arguments helped him to develop his teaching that there is no absolute good or evil; to minimise the purchase of natural law in the state of nature and its restrictions on the right of nature; virtually to collapse natural law into civil law; and to make the sovereign the political, moral and theological epicenter of his political system.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1, 2012