Political Theory

Authority and Liberty in the Writings of Robert Filmer and Thomas Hobbes


Although Filmer and Hobbes seem to offer very different sorts of arguments for their similar authoritarian conclusions, they actually share many crucial non-patriarchal arguments. This conference explored issues of power and political authority by looking at these two authors most famously connected to these topics.


Conference Readings

Filmer, Sir Robert. Patriarcha and Other Writings. Edited by Johann P. Sommerville. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Hobbes, Thomas. Leviathan. Edited by Edwin Curley. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc., 1994.