May 2011 – May 2011
This Ph.D thesis in philosophy sets out the relations between the genesis of seventeenth century political philosophy and the problem of war. It focuses on the realistic approach of Thomas Hobbes on two politic levels, civil war and international relations, and on his will to resolve social instability by special concepts as power, sovereignty, civil pact. It draws particular attention to the historical context and contemporary thinkers as Levellers, Grotius, Selden, Pufendorf, Locke.
This project investigates: