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Reading Rawls’s Lectures on Hobbes’s Leviathan: Pluralism, Stability, and Political Consensus Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
Lectures
Consensus
Stability
Hobbes
Pluralism
Rawls
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Gibson, Glen K F
Supervisor and department
Carmichael, Don (Political Science)
Examining committee member and department
Epp, Roger (Political Science)
Tweedale, Martin (Philosophy)
Carmichael, Don (Political Science)
Department
Department of Political Science
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Date accepted
2014-01-17T10:38:33Z
Graduation date
2014-06
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This work examines Rawls’s lectures on Hobbes, which are delivered at a time when Rawls is developing his political liberalism. It especially seeks to question the foundations of Rawls’s interpretation of Hobbes’s Leviathan as presenting a core “political” doctrine based around prudential egoism. It takes issue with Rawls’s moral critique, primarily by arguing that Rawls leans too heavily on viewing Hobbesian subjects as predominantly egoistic in nature. The latter approach is argued to make too little out of irreducible pluralism as a factor shaping Hobbes’s argument, which Rawls only limitedly acknowledges. It is this divergence in faith over the ability of pluralistic subjects to form a political consensus over fair terms of association that shows the difference between a Hobbesian view and Rawls’s own. That is, it shows the difference between the possibility for an “overlapping consensus” and Hobbes’s more pessimistic outlook.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R3PC2TG57
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