Hobbes, Natural Law, the Social Contract
Lecture no. 4 from the course: The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas
Taught by Professor Lawrence Cahoone | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Philosophy & Religion Courses
Explore the first version of social contract theory as espoused by Thomas Hobbes, who based his view on moral relativism and a pessimistic state of nature in which there is a war of all against all. Learn why for society to function, according to Hobbes, the people must give up control to the sovereign, upon which no limits can be placed.