In the lifetime of Hobbes, it was Pascal who focused most on the paradoxes of human reason, and on the tension between civil laws and universal moral law. A framework for examining Hobbes's political philosophy can be established through a reading of Pascal' thought, before a detailed discussion of De Cive and Leviathan takes place. The comparison of the two texts by Hobbes will aid the task of detecting whether Hobbes himself was aware of some of the problems in his theory, and revised the text of De Cive in order to either resolve these problems or draw attention away from them.


Hobbes; Pascal; Sovereignty; Law; Justice; Paradox; Natural; Civil; Divine; Force

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