Radasanu, Andrea M., 1973-
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Political Science
Thomas Hobbes is often portrayed as a proponent of an absolutist government ruled only through fear of punishment. This portrayal overlooks the concern Hobbes had for the safety and security of the citizens of the commonwealth. Inequality and poverty were major concerns for Hobbes as they serve as pathways to sedition and the dissolution of the commonwealth. This essay emphasizes Hobbes's concerns with respect to inequality and poverty. Hobbes's laws of nature provide a blueprint for a welfare state that addresses these issues. The sovereign is obliged to follow the laws of nature and therefore the blueprint for the welfare state.
Rivard, Richard, "Thomas Hobbes on inequality, poverty and sedition : a seventeenth-century blueprint for the welfare state" (2018). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 6446.
Northern Illinois University
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