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The Hobbesian case for multilateralism


Cheneval, Francis (2007). The Hobbesian case for multilateralism. Swiss Political Science Review, 13(3):309-335.

Abstract

In this paper an analysis of Hobbes' argument in favor of the Leviathan is combined with a reassessment in a new security environment. The analysis shows that Hobbes' premises are complex and lead to conclusions that differ from the realist as well as from the world-state position, both attributed to Hobbesian logic in IR theory. A strict application of the Hobbesian argument in today's security context leads to a rationale of multilateral institution-building among states. In the first part of the paper the internationalist analogy in the concept of war of all against all is uncovered and analyzed in relation to the security dilemma, domestic analogy, and methodological individualism. The second part reassesses the Hobbesian security rationale in a security environment which is assumed to be shaped by transnational terrorism and nuclear WMD.

Abstract

In this paper an analysis of Hobbes' argument in favor of the Leviathan is combined with a reassessment in a new security environment. The analysis shows that Hobbes' premises are complex and lead to conclusions that differ from the realist as well as from the world-state position, both attributed to Hobbesian logic in IR theory. A strict application of the Hobbesian argument in today's security context leads to a rationale of multilateral institution-building among states. In the first part of the paper the internationalist analogy in the concept of war of all against all is uncovered and analyzed in relation to the security dilemma, domestic analogy, and methodological individualism. The second part reassesses the Hobbesian security rationale in a security environment which is assumed to be shaped by transnational terrorism and nuclear WMD.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
170 Ethics
Language:English
Date:2007
Deposited On:12 Dec 2011 15:48
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 10:21
Publisher:Swiss Political Science Association
ISSN:1424-7755
Additional Information:This is a peer-reviewed version of the following article: Cheneval, F (2007). The Hobbesian case for multilateralism. Swiss Political Science Review, 13(3):309-335, which has been published in final form at dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1662-6370.2007.tb00080.x
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Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/j.1662-6370.2007.tb00080.x

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