Download PDF by John Knox: Knox: On Rebellion

By John Knox

ISBN-10: 0521399882

ISBN-13: 9780521399883

This variation of the main major political writings of the sixteenth-century Protestant reformer John Knox offers actual yet available models of all of his writings at the topic of uprising, together with his infamous First Blast of the Trumpet opposed to the immense Regiment of ladies, and offers scholars and students alike with the technique of tracing the evolution of his political radicalism and comparing its effect. the 1st accomplished variation of Knox's political writings, it sheds very important new gentle at the political and non secular considered the Reformation interval.

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He overlooks all security arrangements in-between. Or, rather, he assimilates them to the first side of the above Page 18 dichotomy, based on his implausible assertion that civil order will break down if, and only if, state power is not fully concentrated. The above three-stage reconstruction of Hobbes's argument leaves out these false moves that he made in order to reach the political conclusions he desired. VI. the Significance of Hobbes's Argument I have suggested that Hobbes's discussion of the problem of individual security contains two basic flaws: (a) it overlooks the possibility of rational present cooperation based on the expectation of future cooperation, and (b) it oversimplifies and inaccurately portrays the relationship between security and the concentration of power within a group.

The most promising line of response to this objection is an argument, in the spirit of Hobbes, that resembles the well-known Hangman Paradox. 4 After developing this argument, I explain why it ultimately fails to vindicate Hobbes. Next, I consider the question of whether Hobbes's argument can be extended to cover relations among groups. This leads to the uncovering of a significant error in his view about how security can best be achieved, and to a reinterpretation of his argument that is more defensible, but less ambitious, than the origi- Page 2 nal.

But this is a non sequitur. The most that follows from the dangers of unbridled individualism in large groups is that some concentration of authority in matters of external and internal defense is needed. That is, there must be some arrangement for the performance of police and military functions, and this will inevitably lead to significant inequalities in authority and power among the members of the group in question. That this must be carried to the point of investing unlimited authority and power in a single body is, however, a more extreme proposal that requires independent grounding.

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