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Thomas Hobbes’s A Priori Notion of Contract

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journal RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA
issue RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2019 - 2
title Thomas Hobbes’s A Priori Notion of Contract
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publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 07-2019
doi 10.26350/001050_000117
issn 00356247 (print) | 18277926 (digital)
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Thomas Hobbes’s theory of social contract has received much attention and commentary from scholars. Less attention has been given to his theory of contract as a theory of private law contracts. But it has not been noted by scholars that underlying Hobbes’s treatment of social and private law contracts there is a theory of an a priori notion of contract, that abstracts from any instance of contract, including the social contract, and that therefore claims a universality social and private contracts theories don’t do. In this paper we expose Hobbes’s theory of an a priori notion of contract that serves to organize sense experience, and we show how Hobbes justifies the tenets of that theory.

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Thomas Hobbes, Contract Theory, Social Contract, Private Law, Common Law

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carlos.isler@ubo.cl

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