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Political Theory

1994

Convention

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Thomas Hobbes's "A Discourse Of Laws", Noel B. Reynolds Aug 1994

Thomas Hobbes's "A Discourse Of Laws", Noel B. Reynolds

Noel B Reynolds

The recent discovery that an anonymously published 1620 essay was an early writing of Thomas Hobbes invites investigation of his early thinking. Hobbes relied on mostly classical sources to advance a basically conventionalist theory of law and to anticipate twentieth century analyses of the principles of rule of law such as those made famous by F. A. Hayek and Michael Oakeshott.