The Hobbesian sovereign has nearly absolute power, which raises infamous puzzles concerning authorization. The idea of subjection enables us to understand better what the sovereign in general is and should be, and it provides a suitable warrant for the constraints Hobbes imposes on the exercise of sovereign power. This reading also provides a basis for a unified interpretation of what Hobbes says about conscience and subjects’ relationship with the sovereign. Civil disobedience turns out to be impossible. Again, the view aims to provide parallel accounts for the civil commonwealth and God’s natural kingdom.


Natural Person Civil Disobedience Original Emphasis Legal Positivism Sovereign Power 
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© Michael Byron 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kent State UniversityUSA

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