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Thomas Hobbes and the Natural Law

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2018.08.31 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kody W. Cooper, Thomas Hobbes and the Natural Law, University of Notre Dame Press, 2018, 331pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780268103019. Reviewed by Sharon Lloyd, University of Southern California Kody W. Cooper's thesis is that Thomas Hobbes's moral and civil philosophy sits squarely within the Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition of natural law theorizing. Far from providing a modern, secularly-grounded civil philosophy, Hobbes's system depends on men's acknowledging the existence of a single supreme God who creates human nature with an overriding purpose that provides an objective standard of value and principal reason for action, and who governs humans to realize their telos through threats of punishment for the violation of a set of literal laws promulgated to them through their natural reason. Hobbes's theory thus satisfies what Cooper identifies as the two central requirements for a traditional natural law. . .

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