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Limiting Leviathan: Hobbes on Law and International Affairs

Larry May


The thesis of the book is that Hobbes is much more amenable to moral, and even legal, limits on the law than he is often portrayed. It is argued that Hobbes's views can provide a solid grounding for the rules of war and international relations generally, contrary to the near universal belief that he is the bête noir of international law. To support these views, it is argued that he places greater weight on equity than on justice, and that understanding the role of equity is the key to his legal philosophy. Equity also is the moral concept that provides restrictions on what a sovereign can legi ... More

Keywords: Hobbes, law, equity, international law, morality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199682799
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682799.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Larry May, author
Vanderbilt University