The States of Nature

The Journal of Value Inquiry, Forthcoming

16 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2010 Last revised: 22 Jul 2010

See all articles by Matt Zwolinski

Matt Zwolinski

University of San Diego; University of San Diego School of Law

Date Written: July 21, 2010

Abstract

Whatever else might be said about the Lockean and Hobbesian states of nature, it is widely believe that they are mutually incompatible. One or the other (or neither) is a correct way of thinking about the state of nature, but not both. This paper argues that this intuitively plausible claim is incorrect - if not as a matter of textual interpretation, then as a matter of analysis of the concepts that we have inherited from those texts. Not only does it make sense to talk about a Hobbesian and Lockean state of nature existing simultaneously, but doing so allows us to draw important and novel insights about important contemporary questions in political philosophy.

Keywords: Hobbes, Locke, State of Nature, Political Legitimacy, Natural Rights

Suggested Citation

Zwolinski, Matt, The States of Nature (July 21, 2010). The Journal of Value Inquiry, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1636874

Matt Zwolinski (Contact Author)

University of San Diego ( email )

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
United States
619-260-4094 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.sandiego.edu/~mzwolinski

University of San Diego School of Law ( email )

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
United States

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
256
Abstract Views
1,225
rank
120,366
PlumX Metrics