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Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan: The Theory of Rational Political Selection

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Good day gentle people,

I'm making my legal article "The Theory of Rational Political Selection," available here as a PDF attachment.
It will be available for a limited period of time in which I invite comments from jurists. I will take this opportunity of feedback to refine the article and if necessary amend the conclusions that it draws.

I intend submitting this article for publication to a law journal in August 2020, at which juncture I will delete.

Of particular importance, I make reference to the Great Plague of London in 1665. The rationale was to demonstrate how a class structure took place. Generally, when addressing a specific legal philosopher, one does not refer to that philosopher's history. One gets straight to the point which is the philosophy. This applies to all legal philosophers with the exception of Thomas Hobbes. The reason for this is that his life experiences influenced his philosophical outlook.

In justifying my form of state, it noteworthy that Hobbes himself postulated an absolute monarch to the state of nature

I include here the abstract and table of contents.


Abstract: This is a paper on legal philosophy. In this paper, I modify Thomas Hobbes’s state of nature to include both men and women, hence humankind. Humankind in this state of nature become acutely aware of their predisposition to fear, violence and civil war. They further realize that the longevity of the human species can only be attained if power is handed over to a central figure. They accept that resources are limited, and human needs are unlimited. They accept that a class struggle is as destructive as arbitrary violence. They resolve to enter into a social contract among themselves in which they hand over power to a communist party, which ensures that social cohesion and peaceful coexistence prevail. This party will also ensure that a class struggle does not occur in society. It will ensure that the concept of property ownership undergoes regulation to prevent inevitable conflict regarding property.

Contents

1. Introduction
II. Historical perspective
III. Reception of Leviathan in England
IV. The book cover
VI. Philosophy as a science
VIII. The state of nature
IX. The social contract
X. The twelve Hobbesian rights of the sovereign
XI. Philosophical justification for a Communist state
XII. Guiding Principles of this newly formed society
XIII. Conclusion
XIV. Bibliography
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