Original scientific paper
A Fatal Hobbesian Charm?
APA 6th Edition
Lalović, D. (2006). A Fatal Hobbesian Charm?. Politička misao, 43 (5), 3-18. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/20105
MLA 8th Edition
Lalović, Dragutin. "A Fatal Hobbesian Charm?." Politička misao, vol. 43, no. 5, 2006, pp. 3-18. https://hrcak.srce.hr/20105. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.
Chicago 17th Edition
Lalović, Dragutin. "A Fatal Hobbesian Charm?." Politička misao 43, no. 5 (2006): 3-18. https://hrcak.srce.hr/20105
Lalović, D. (2006). 'A Fatal Hobbesian Charm?', Politička misao, 43(5), pp. 3-18. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/20105 (Accessed 09 December 2022)
Lalović D. A Fatal Hobbesian Charm?. Politička misao [Internet]. 2006 [cited 2022 December 09];43(5):3-18. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/20105
D. Lalović, "A Fatal Hobbesian Charm?", Politička misao, vol.43, no. 5, pp. 3-18, 2006. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/20105. [Accessed: 09 December 2022]
The discussion on Hobbes’s “doctrine of politics” is confronted with J. F. Spitz’s methodically challenging standpoint: the latter radically refutes Hobbes’s theory of the State and sovereignty, deeming it to be a fatal epochal trap. This work approaches Hobbes through acknowledgement of the principal insights of political theory with regard to the conception of State as the politico-juridical project of modernity (A. Passerin d’Entrèves, Q. Skinner). Relying on the said
insights, and building upon a critical scrutiny of Hobbes’s Leviathan,
the author shows that the epistemological status of the “state of nature” concept is crucial for the understanding of Hobbes’s theory of
the sovereign State. In so doing, he must resolve the following query:
is the state of nature a logical construction aspiring to an ontological
status, or rather a hypothetical state which outlines the historical constellation of Hobbes’s time? Instead of the struggle of covetous individuals for power, the main drawback of the state of nature proves to be the fact that people are lethally drawn apart and set against one another by their religious and political beliefs. There can be no lasting politico-juridical triumph over such a state of religious and civil wars unless the tasks of the representative sovereign are diachronically perceived as society-making. If and when, however, the sovereign should successfully fulfil his fundamental society-making task, the developed civil society would no longer find suitable the initial type of the sovereign absolute State. It would then require a new type – the liberal and democratic State.
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