rule of law, Thomas Hobbes, legal theory, constitutionalism, natural law, legal positivism, covenant, convention
The recent discovery that an anonymously published 1620 essay was an early writing of Thomas Hobbes invites investigation of his early thinking. Hobbes relied on mostly classical sources to advance a basically conventionalist theory of law and to anticipate twentieth century analyses of the principles of rule of law such as that made famous by F. A. Hayek.
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Reynolds, Noel B., "Thomas Hobbes's "A Discourse of Laws"" (1994). Faculty Publications. 1465.
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Copyright held by Noel B. Reynolds Paper presented in the annual convention of the American Political Science Association September 1994
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