A discussion on the thirteenth and fourteenth chapter of leviathan by thomas hobbes

First law of nature: All other time is peace. Likewise, that none can make laws but the Commonwealth, because our subjection is to the Commonwealth only; and that commands are to be signified by sufficient signs, because a man knows not otherwise how to obey them. The abilities required in a good interpreter of the law, that is to say, in a good judge, are not the same with those of an advocate; namely, the study of the laws.

Seeing therefore our Saviour was sent from His Father, He could not use His power in the conversion of those whom His Father had rejected.

Howsoever, it may be perceived what manner of life there would be, where there were no common power to fear, by the manner of life which men that have formerly lived under a peaceful government use to degenerate into a civil war. A further fact about the state of war of every man against every man: As for strength of body: For if there be a right in any else to dissolve them, there is a right also to control them, and consequently to control their controllings.

Leviathan, by Thomas Hobbes

For if the law declared be not against the law of nature, which is undoubtedly God's law, and he undertake to obey it, he is bound by his own act; bound I say to obey it, but not bound to believe it: For those miraculous plagues of Egypt had not for end the conversion of Pharaoh; for God had told Moses before that He would harden the heart of Pharaoh, that he should not let the people go: It is consequent also to the same condition that there be no propriety, no dominion, no mine and thine distinct; but only that to be every man's that he can get, and for so long as he can keep it.

Hobbes is sympathetic to both positions and expresses each at various points in Leviathan. Not fundamental is that, the abrogating whereof draweth not with it the dissolution of the Commonwealth; such as are the laws concerning controversies between subject and subject.

Seeing then all laws, written and unwritten, have their authority and force from the will of the Commonwealth; that is to say, from the will of the representative, which in a monarchy is the monarch, and in other Commonwealths the sovereign assembly; a man may wonder from whence proceed such opinions as are found in the books of lawyers of eminence in several Commonwealths, directly or by consequence making the legislative power depend on private men or subordinate judges.

The breach of this command is pride. And this is chiefly the case of men that in these days live under Christian sovereigns.

For in the act of judicature the judge doth no more but consider whether the demand of the party be consonant to natural reason and equity; and the sentence he giveth is therefore the interpretation of the law of nature; which interpretation is authentic, not because it is his private sentence, but because he giveth it by authority of the sovereign, whereby it becomes the sovereign's sentence; which is law for that time to the parties pleading.

The passions that incline men to peace are fear of death, desire for things that are necessary for comfortable living, and a hope to obtain these by hard work. Because all signs of hatred or contempt provoke men to fight, as most men would rather risk their lives than not to be revenged, we may set down this command: For as long as every man maintains his right to do anything he likes, all men are in the condition of war.

In this aptitude of mankind to give too hasty belief to pretended miracles, there can there can be no better nor I think any other caution than that which God hath prescribed, first by Moses as I have said before in the precedent chapterin the beginning of the thirteenth and end of the eighteenth of Deuteronomy; that we take not any for prophets that teach any other religion than that which God's lieutenant, which at that time was Moses, hath established; nor any, though he teach the same religion, whose prediction we do not see come to pass.

For it is not the letter, but the intendment, or meaning; that is to say, the authentic interpretation of the law which is the sense of the legislatorin which the nature of the law consisteth; and therefore the interpretation of all laws dependeth on the authority sovereign; and the interpreters can be none but those which the sovereign, to whom only the subject oweth obedience, shall appoint.

For as long as every man maintains his right to do anything he likes, all men are in the condition of war. At Mount Sinai Moses only went up to God; the people were forbidden to approach on pain of death; yet were they bound to obey all that Moses declared to them for God's law. The inequalities that now obtain between men have been introduced by the civil laws.

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But yet if they judge not according to that he tells them, they are not subject thereby to any penalty; unless it be made appear they did it against their consciences, or had been corrupted by reward.November 14th, - A short summary of Thomas Hobbes s Leviathan Chapters 10 13 Book I and the best way to achieve peace is to construct the Leviathan through social contract.

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A discussion on the thirteenth and fourteenth chapter of leviathan by thomas hobbes
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