Surveying Hobbes’ State of Nature
A.O. Ruddle-Myamoto

Often written-off as either a hypothetical state of lawlessness, or as some precivilizational set of conditions Hobbes' state of nature is rarely examined as if it is more. However, in “Foucault and Hobbes on Politics, Security, and War,” JörgSpieker offers a new thesis, he claims that, ‘…the state of nature is ontological and hence incapable of being transcended.’Following contemporary work on Hobbes, this article seeks to provided a possible explanation as to how the state of nature can be the ontological condition of human kind and investigates the implications of that claim for the social contract.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/ijpt.v2n4a6