Hobbes and the Paradoxes of Political Origins

Author(s): 
Kramer, Matthew H.
ISBN: 
0333683692
Date published: 
June 1997
Hardback
Price: 
£37.50
Pages: 
160

This book expounds an analytical method that focuses on paradoxes - a method originally associated with deconstructive philosophy, but bearing little resemblance to the interpretive techniques that have come to be designated as 'deconstruction' in literary studies. The book then applies its paradox-focused method as it undertakes a sustained investigation of Thomas Hobbe's political philosophy. Hobbes's theory of the advent and purpose of government turns out to reveal the impossibility of the very developments which it portrays as indispensable.