Political Economy in Leviathan: Hobbes, Macpherson and Strpić

Original scientific paper

Luka Ribarević ; Faculty of Political Science Zagreb

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Thomas Hobbes plays a major role in Commodity Production and Associated Labour in Marx’s Critique of Political Economy, a seminal study of the development of political economy written by Dag Strpić. According to Strpić, Hobbes established a new methodological and categorial framework for the understanding of the political community in modernity. Departing in that respect from the vast majority of interpretations of Hobbes’ philosophia civilis, Strpić reads Hobbes not only as the founder of modern political theory, but of classical political economy as well. In the article the political-economic aspect of Hobbes’ science of politics is examined through a critical analysis of the dialogue Strpić engages in with the influential interpretation of C. B. Macpherson. Although Strpić adopts important elements of said interpretation, he at the same time deviates from Macpherson’s understanding of Leviathan. On such a backdrop the author proposes to determine the scope and limitations of political-economic reading of Hobbes, characteristic of both Strpić and Macpherson.

Thomas Hobbes; C. B. Macpherson; Dag Strpić; Leviathan; State of Nature; the State; Civil Society; Sovereignty; Power; Labour; Property; Capitalism; Bourgeois Society

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