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The State without Sovereignty

Paul Sagar

in The Opinion of Mankind: Sociability and the Theory of the State from Hobbes to Smith

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780691178882
eISBN:
9781400889808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691178882.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter examines how David Hume developed a thoroughly anti-Hobbesian theory of politics, culminating in a theory of the state without sovereignty. Hume does not explain political obligation in ... More


The Opinion of Mankind: Sociability and the Theory of the State from Hobbes to Smith

Paul Sagar

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780691178882
eISBN:
9781400889808
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691178882.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

What is the modern state? Conspicuously undertheorized in recent political theory, this question persistently animated the best minds of the Enlightenment. Recovering David Hume and Adam Smith's ... More


Introduction

Paul Sagar

in The Opinion of Mankind: Sociability and the Theory of the State from Hobbes to Smith

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780691178882
eISBN:
9781400889808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691178882.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This book examines how David Hume and Adam Smith forged a new way of thinking about the modern state. It considers what Hume referred to as the opinion of mankind, a political theory found in the ... More


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