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Hobbesian Internationalism

Anarchy, Authority and the Fate of Political Philosophy

Authors: Lechner, Silviya

  • Shows that Hobbes's political philosophy can illuminate contemporary philosophical debates on the character of political authority and obligation
  • Defends a structuralist explanation of the state of nature as a set of external relations between free and equal agents
  • Offers a comparative analysis of Hobbes’s accounts of morality in The Elements, De Cive, and Leviathan
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About this book

This book sets out to re-examine the foundations of Thomas Hobbes’s political philosophy, and to develop a Hobbesian normative theory of international relations. Its central thesis is that two concepts – anarchy and authority – constitute the core of Hobbes's political philosophy whose aim is to justify the state. The Hobbesian state is a type of authority  (juridical, public, coercive, and supreme) which emerges under conditions of anarchy ('state of nature'). A state-of-nature argument makes a difference because it justifies authority without appeal to moral obligation. The book shows that the closest analogue of a Hobbesian authority in international relations is Kant's confederation of free states, where states enjoy 'anarchical' (equal) freedom. At present, this crucial form of freedom is being threatened by economic processes of globalisation, and by the resurgence of private authority across state borders.

About the authors

Silviya Lechner was Assistant Professor and is currently a senior visiting research fellow at King’s College London, UK. She specialises in social and political philosophy, theory of action, and international political theory. She is the co-author of Practice Theory and International Relations (with M. Frost, 2018).

Reviews

“A brilliant analysis of Hobbes’ state of nature that allows to conceptualize the challenge that new private actors pose to international security arrangements.” (Oliver Eberl, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany)

“What does Hobbes have to offer to the contemporary world? Silviya Lechner’s book provides a most engaging and novel answer by re-examining afresh Hobbes’s theory of the state and by developing a normative theory of international relations, termed ‘Hobbesian internationalism’. The work contains a thorough examination of key concepts of Hobbes’s political theory, such as authority and anarchy, provides powerful insights into Hobbes’s theory of inter-state relations, and stimulates reflections on new ways of thinking and doing politics, domestically and internationally. This book is a very valuable and original contribution not only to Hobbesian scholarship but also to the field of international political theory.” (Gabriella Slomp, St Andrews University, UK, and former editor of Hobbes Studies)

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Hardcover £54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-30692-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hobbesian Internationalism
Book Subtitle
Anarchy, Authority and the Fate of Political Philosophy
Authors
Series Title
International Political Theory
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-30693-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-30693-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-30692-2
Series ISSN
2662-6039
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 200
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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