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dc.contributor.authorHolman, Christopheren_US
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-14T01:38:38Z-
dc.date.available2020-12-14T01:38:38Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationHolman, C. (2019). Hobbes and the tragedy of democracy. History of Political Thought, 40(4), 649-675.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0143-781Xen_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10356/145132-
dc.description.abstractThis article reconsiders Thomas Hobbes's critique of the democratic sovereign form from the standpoint of what it identifies as the latter's most important ontological conditions: the lack of a transcendent source of fundamental law, and a natural human equality that renders all individuals competent to participate in legislative modes. For Hobbes these two conditions combine to render democracy a tragic regime. Democracy is tragic to the extent that it must be a regime of self-limitation, there existing no ethical standard external to society that may intervene so as to guide our political self-activity, and yet the structure of deliberation in democratic assemblies tends to render such self-limitation impossible. Hence what Hobbes sees as the inherent tendency of democratic activity to descend into excess and madness. This risk is an intrinsic potentiality embedded within democracy's very conditions, a fact covered up by much post-Hobbesian liberal democratic theory that attempts to normatively ground the democratic form in various universal principles of natural law or right.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipMinistry of Education (MOE)en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.relationRG70/18en_US
dc.relation.ispartofHistory of Political Thoughten_US
dc.rights© 2019 Imprint Academic. All rights reserved. This paper was published in History of Political Thought and is made available with permission of Imprint Academic.en_US
dc.subjectSocial sciences::Political science::Political theoryen_US
dc.titleHobbes and the tragedy of democracyen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Social Sciencesen_US
dc.description.versionAccepted versionen_US
dc.identifier.issue4en_US
dc.identifier.volume40en_US
dc.identifier.spage649en_US
dc.identifier.epage675en_US
dc.subject.keywordsHobbesen_US
dc.subject.keywordsContingencyen_US
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