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Individual, power and relation in Thomas Hobbes
Author/s: Francesco Toto 
Year:  2016 Issue: 55 Language: Italian 
Pages:  16 Pg. 143-158 FullText PDF:  99 KB
DOI:  10.3280/LAS2016-055011
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The purpose of this paper is to challenge the individualistic interpretation of Hobbesian subjectivity. Firstly, the paper focuses on: the formal definition of individual proposed by Hobbes; the biological implications of the concept of form used in this definition; the relationship between the form and the power to act and suffer. It thus shows the reasons for which the Hobbesian ontology can be understood as a relational ontology. Secondly, the article addresses the primacy of desire for power, the reasons for its conversion into a desire for recognition and its ability to promote forms of cooperation. This article highlights the relational constitution of Hobbes’ subjectivity and the impossibility of applying the category of individualism to his anthropology.

Francesco Toto, Individual, power and relation in Thomas Hobbes in "SOCIETÀ DEGLI INDIVIDUI (LA)" 55/2016, pp. 143-158, DOI:10.3280/LAS2016-055011


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