The State of Nature in Leviathan

  • Silviya LechnerEmail author
Part of the International Political Theory book series (IPoT)


This chapter shows that in Leviathan Hobbes has changed some key concepts as well the basic model(s) of the state of nature. The analysis defends a structuralist reading of the state of nature which presents Hobbesian individuals as free and equal beings interacting inside a finite realm. This constitutes a departure from the conventional, ‘passions’ reading of Hobbes’s state of nature. The chapter highlights the relation between the proposed structuralist interpretation and Hobbes’s internalist understanding of language.


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  1. 1.Department of War StudiesKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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