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Title: "That democratic ink must be wiped away" : hobbes and the normativity of democracy
Authors: Holman, Christopher
Keywords: Social sciences::Political science
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Holman, C. (2021). "That democratic ink must be wiped away" : hobbes and the normativity of democracy. Review of Politics, 83(3), 305-328.
Journal: Review of Politics
Abstract: Hobbes's preference for monarchical sovereign forms and his critique of democratic political organization are well known. In this article I suggest, however, that his opposition to democratic life constitutes the central frame through which we must understand some of the most important theoretical mutations that occur throughout the various stages of his civil science. Key alterations in the Hobbesian political theory from The Elements of Law to Leviathan can be interpreted as efforts to retroactively foreclose the emergence of a substantive democratic normativity that the prior theoretical framework allowed for or suggested. Hobbes's opposition to democracy is ultimately so significant so as to fundamentally structure various key elements of his political philosophy.
ISSN: 0034-6705
DOI: 10.1017/S0034670521000127
Rights: © 2021 The Author(s). All rights reserved. This paper was published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of University of Notre Dame in Review of Politics and is made available with permission of The Author(s).
Fulltext Permission: open
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