Body and Will -- Hobbe's Theory of Representation
This article examines the nature of the will and its connection to representation in Hobbes's political philosophy. The argument is that Hobbes's notion of willing is not an empty formalism but hinges upon a dynamic and fluid account of human nature which informs the sovereign and its subjects concerning the dangers of representing and being represented. The position taken stresses Hobbes's use of the metaphor of the stage in his account of representation. In conclusion, the argument is advanced that Hobbes's position is flawed by an emphasis upon an individualistic subjectivity which makes representation subject to insurmountable difficulties.
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